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Animal experts working to dispel 'dangerous pit bull' stereotype

Animal experts working to dispel 'dangerous pit bull' stereotype

Animal experts are working to change the stereotype that all pit bulls are dangerous, but a rash of dog attacks involving pit bulls this last week isn't helping change that image.

Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are the number one biting dog in Spokane County, but that doesn't explain what's actually happening. SCRAPS reports despite their bad reputation these dogs get adopted all the time.

"This last week has been unusual and I am not sure why," Nancy Hill of SCRAPS said of the recent attacks involving pit bulls. "We were all wondering if it was a full moon."

Every animal SCRAPS re-homes goes through a behavior assessment; Hill said the recent pit bull attacks involved dogs that weren't adopted through SCRAPS.

Before re-homing an animal, SCRAPS uses a method approved by the ASPCA for determining its level of aggression, fear, and other traits that could mean bad news. Dogs are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the perfect dog with no issues while a dog that scores 5 isn't safe to re-home

Spokane Humane Society holds "Change Our Luck" event

Spokane Humane Society holds "Change Our Luck" event

The Spokane Humane Society is holding the "Change Our Luck" event this weekend with hopes of finding their animals loving homes.

March 15th through 17th the Humane Society will have a special pot of gold filled with adoption discounts at both the shelter on Havana and the PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center. Each day during the promotion adopters can draw a surprise discount on the adoption fee. The pot of gold has discounts that range from 10 to 100 percent off the adoption.



The Spokane Humane Society has a large variety of pets available ranging in size, breed and age that are all waiting for their luck to change! They are all current on their shots, are spayed or neutered and microchipped as part of the adoption fee.

For more information on adoptable pets visit www.spokanehumanesociety.org.

Humane Society offers lucky adoption special

Humane Society offers lucky adoption special

The Spokane Humane Society is hoping you’ll change the luck of special animals this St. Patrick’s Day. The shelter is offering a special promotion to help out and it’s worth its weight in gold.


March 15th through 17th the Humane Society will have a special pot of gold filled with adoption discounts at both the shelter on Havana and the PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center. Each day during the promotion adopters can draw a surprise discount on the adoption fee. The pot of gold has discounts that range from 10 to 100 percent off the adoption.

City reminds residents of dog walking rules

City reminds residents of dog walking rules

Taking your dog for a walk might be part of  your daily routine, or a weekend event, but with spring just around the corner the City of Spokane has some reminders about the rules when you take your pooch out for a stroll.


From the City of Spokane:

Why 2013 was actually the Year of the Cat

Why 2013 was actually the Year of the Cat

From WSU News:


The Chinese Year of the Snake ended in 2013, but judging by all the tail swishing it shaped up to be the Year of the Cat.

 

Consider what took place:

SCRAPS takes over animal control services from Spokanimal

SCRAPS takes over animal control services from Spokanimal

Tuesday night marks both the beginning of a new year but also a new era for animal control services in the City of Spokane as animal control services have switched from Spokanimal to SCRAPS.

This transition will mean a new identity for Spokanimal and a new regional level of animal control service for our area. It will also mean a reduction in staff at Spokanimal, but it's also an exciting time and they are looking forward to huge success with their new model.

"As of midnight tonight we are transitioning out of animal control," Spokanimal executive director Gail Mackie said.

It's a bittersweet day for Mackie and her staff at Spokanimal. The city's animal control contract provided 60-percent of their annual funding.

"That's quite a hit of course. We lost all the people that were in that department, three are retained to work inside but we lost a large part of the staff," Mackie said.

The city's hope is to streamline animal control and ultimately creating one regional service provider

Cat film festival comes to Spokane

Cat film festival comes to Spokane

Cats have taken over the internet and now they have their very own film festival. The Internet Cat Video Film Festival is coming to Spokane in January and an internet cat celebrity will be making a special appearance.


The Internet Cat Video Film Festival was started by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and drew 10,000 cat fans in its first year. Now in its second year, the festival was so large it had to be moved to the Minnesota State Fair. The festival is on tour through 2014 and will be showing at the Knitting Factory in Spokane on January 16th.