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Spokane Humane Society celebrates 117th birthday

Spokane Humane Society celebrates 117th birthday

The Spokane Humane Society is celebrating it's 117th birthday in top dog fashion this weekend!

Starting at 11 am and running until 2 pm, everyone who has adopted from the shelter in the past is welcome to bring them back for an alumni reunion. And if you haven't found your forever friend yet, this could be the place.

“Come have fun, come check it out, eat some cake and have a hot dog. And if you don't have a dog, you're still welcome. Maybe it's time for you to get one and become part of the alumni team,” said organizer Jenna Carroll.

The celebration also includes demos from local dog activity groups and a “Hope, Love and Muddy Paws,” photo contest.

Past and present staff, board members and volunteers are encouraged to attend.

There is no admission fee.

SCRAPS Full House adoption event

SCRAPS Full House adoption event

For the next five days, SCRAPS is waiving all animal adoption fees with the purchase of a license.

Between July 1 and 6, SCRAPS took in 89 dogs and 145 cats, filling every cat and dog cage nearly to capacity.

“Even during this busy season, that's an unbelievable amount of animals for us,” said SCRAPS Regional Director Nancy Hill. “These pets have no identification, no license or microchip, so we must find them homes immediately.”

Licenses are just $15 for cats and $25 for dogs. The adoption fee and the cost of the spay/neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and exam are all free.

“If you've been thinking about adopting a new dog, cat or kitten, please help us find good homes for these pets,” said Hill. “Also please remember to license and microchip your animals. It is the best way to guarantee they will find their way home.”


SCRAPS: A Full House Adoption Event

Tuesday, July 8 – Sunday, July 13

Spokane Humane Society cuts adoption fees for Freedom by the 4th

Spokane Humane Society cuts adoption fees for Freedom by the 4th

The Spokane Humane Society is cutting adoption fees as part of their Freedom by the 4th program. The goal is to adopt 50 of the shelter's cats and kittens into loving permanent homes by the end of Thursday.

“With the recent large number of unwanted animals being surrendered to the Spokane Humane society, we need the community's help to provide homes for these amazing Spokalicious animals,” said the Spokane Humane Society's Executive Director Dave Richardson. “The shelter is full.”

In order to help things along, the humane society is reducing kitten adoption fees by half, and waiving adoption fees entirely for all adult cats.

“We need individuals and families in the market for a new furry-faced family member to opt to adopt,” said Richardson.

Dogs not allowed at major downtown events

Dogs not allowed at major downtown events

Summer is here and that means lots of fun events in Riverfront Park. However, it also means its time to leave your family dog home during major community events held in the park.

The City of Spokane Event Pet Ordinance, SMC 10.03.110, prohibits dogs and other pets at large events in Riverfront Park. This does not apply to service animals. The City wants to remind pet owners that their animals are safer, and likely happier home away from the excessive crowds.

Fire crews rescue dog from Spokane River

Fire crews rescue dog from Spokane River

A dog on the run since Tuesday night's thunderstorms was found stranded precariously on a ledge along the Spokane River and had to be rescued by fire crews Wednesday afternoon.

Rescuers say one wrong move would have sent the dog down the river.

Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service officers believes Dana the dog escaped her home Tuesday night after being spooked by thunder, something SCRAPS said it sees happen to many dogs during thunderstorms.

SCRAPS tried to locate Dana Tuesday night at the Spokane County fairgrounds, where they believe she was running around scared, but didn't locate her until Wednesday, when she made her way to Riverfront Park.

"I see these kids chasing this little dog, I was kind of watching the scene unfold, it ran off, it ran down here as fast as could be, ran to the very edge and leaped over like horse," said eyewitness Rhonda Driskill.

Dana was found along the edge of the river below Canada Island, and the Spokane Fire Department was called in to conduct a technical rescue, lowering a firefighter down to the river's edge to bring Dana to safety.

SpokAnimal competes for $100,000 grant

SpokAnimal competes for $100,000 grant

A local animal shelter is in the running for a chance at $100,000 And they need your help.

SpokAnimal is taking part in the ASPCA Rachael Ray challenge. It's a three month long competition that encourages shelters to break their own records saving the lives of animals by finding permanent homes for them

"Our focus is saving lives and that's what this Rachael Ray theme is for us," SpokAnimal Executive Director Gail Mackie said. "Everyone is a life saver."

Mackie said that SpokAnimal was one of 50 shelters across the nation picked to take part. She said if they win, they'll use to the money to save more high-risk animals in the surrounding areas and adopt them out locally.

"We have been pulling animals since starting about last fall from other shelters," Mackie said. "We were in Colville, Idaho, Yakima, Quincy, Omak, we've been all over this week trying to save lives of animals that were at risk elsewhere."

Free adoptions at SCRAPS through June 8

Free adoptions at SCRAPS through June 8

Animals at SCRAPS will be free to a good home starting Thursday as the facility is getting ready to move to a bigger location and it wants to avoid transferring animals if it can.

The adoption fees for all animals at SCRAPS will be waived starting Thursday and will run through June 8. Adopters still have to pay for the pet license fee which varies depending on the animal. The license for cats and kittens is $15 and dogs and puppies are $25.

The adoption includes spay/neutering, vaccinations, micro chipping and an exam.

The goal is to move as many animals as they can into new homes rather than their new facility at the old Harley Davidson building on Trent. Shelter staff say right now they are overflowing with animals.

"Our capacity here is about 80 dogs and probably 80 to 90 cats and we're almost to capacity now. So we have a lot of animals for adoption and we'll continue to have for the next week to 10 days until we move," SCRAPS director Nancy Hill said.

Animals that are not adopted during the sale period will be transferred to the new facility, which is scheduled to open June 12.