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Ebola and Pets

ebola-and-petsWith the spread of Ebola in the United States, many pet parents are concerned about the risk of their animals becoming infected with the disease or becoming infected from their pet.  At this time, the Centers for Disease Control has no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of the disease being spread to people by their animals.

Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has sent the following information to SCRAPS regarding the risks of Ebola being spread through contact with pets:

  • There is no evidence that pets become sick with Ebola from routine contact with people who are infected with the virus.
  • There is no evidence that pets can transmit Ebola to humans through routine contact.
  • It is suggested that, in the rare instance that a pet is determined to be potentially exposed, the pet should be evaluated by a veterinarian in consultation with the Washington State Public Health Veterinarian and Spokane County Public Health.
  • A potentially exposed pet should have limited contact with people for a minimum of three weeks from the time of potential exposure to the virus.
  • Only a few species of mammals (for example, humans, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus. There is no evidence that mosquitoes or other insects can transmit Ebola virus.

Currently, the CDC is working with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the US Department of Agriculture to develop more specific guidance for pet owners and veterinarians. SCRAPS will receive that information as soon as it becomes available.

 

SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, October 22, 2014

Frightening Statistics: Keeping Your Pets Safe This Halloween!

Classic-Jack-o-Lantern1Halloween is supposed to be fun and a little frightening, but the holiday can turn downright scary if your pet runs away.

Sudden noises and strange-looking costumes can spook your pet, causing them to bolt through the open door.  The best idea is to always adorn your pet with a collar and identification tag, along with microchipping them.

“If you haven’t already licensed and microchipped your pet, now is the time – especially your cat,” said Nancy Hill, the Regional Director of SCRAPS.  “SCRAPS reunites about 60% of dogs with their owners.  That statistic for cats is only about 3% due to the lack of licensing and microchipping in cats.”

scaredycatHere are some extra precautions to take this Halloween:

  • Gauge your pet’s typical reaction while greeting visitors and decide if putting up a baby gate or leaving your dog or cat in a back room of the house would keep them calmer throughout the evening.
  • Your pet’s Halloween garb should not constrict his movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Be sure to try on costumes in advance—and if your furry friend seems distressed, you’ll want to ditch the mini-pirate hat and vest.
  • That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy.  Chocolate in all forms — especially dark or baking chocolate — can be very dangerous for dogs and cats.  Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems.
  • A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

 

SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, October 21, 2014

Rabbits, Roosters, and Billy Goats (Oh my!) – Adoption Event at SCRAPS

Animals rescued from a recent seizure in Deer Park are up for adoption at a special event on Wednesday, October 1st from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

Adults interested in adopting any of these animals as a family pet can come to the Spokane County Fairgrounds through the Broadway entrance.

Currently available for adoption:
60 Rabbits
14 Roosters
2 Billy Goats

bunny billygoats rooster

A $25 adoption fee is requested for rabbits, $10 for roosters and $50 for the Billy goats. The adoption fee helps recover the cost of care and feeding of the animals during their holding period. Donations to the SCRAPS Animal Medical Fund are also greatly appreciated.

The other animals taken in the seizure have been adopted through SCRAPS rescue partners.

SCRAPS Animal Protection Officers executed a search warrant at 503 W. Bridges Road #10 in unincorporated north Spokane County on September 26th. A SCRAPS officer was at the location and made the following observations: Animals without water or the water provided was dirty with green algae or feces. The property was covered in garbage, hazardous debris and animal waste. Some animals had injuries and were covered with flies. Additionally, animals were in small cages with no shelter in unsanitary conditions – standing in their own waste.

Officers are investigating for violations of the Revised Code of Washington:
• Animal Cruelty in the first degree
• Animal Cruelty in the second degree
• Confinement in an Unsafe Manner

A citizen called SCRAPS and was concerned about animals that were being kept in unsanitary living conditions and that there were dead animals.

Animal Cruelty in the First degree (RWC 16.52.205) is a Class C Felony with 5 years confinement and/or a $10,000 fine. RCW 16.52.207 indicates animal cruelty in the 2nd degree and is a gross misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 365 days in jail and/or a $5000 fine. RCW 16.52.080 indicates confinement in an unsafe manner is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine.

 

SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, September 30, 2014

A Year of Cats!

scraps logoA record 355 cats and kittens have come to SCRAPS in the first two weeks of September.  Last year during the same period, SCRAPS impounded 150 cats and kittens.

“This September we have had an overwhelming number of cats brought in,” said Nancy Hill, Director of SCRAPS.  “If we adopted one cat per day, it would take almost a year to empty out our cat room.”

Unfortunately, SCRAPS doesn’t have a year to find homes for these animals.   So far this summer, over 500 kittens have been placed into the SCRAPS foster care program.  These babies are so young they must be hand-fed.  As they become available for adoption, they will continue to keep the cages full in our new facility.

All of the animals taken into SCRAPS are from the Spokane area – SCRAPS does not import animals from out of the area into our shelter.  These cats and kittens are from Spokane and need homes here in Spokane.

Please remember to spay/neuter, license and microchip your pets.

CAT SPECIAL THIS FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and SUNDAY!
The SCRAPS cat room is nearing capacity and they need the public’s help in finding homes for all of the cats and kittens in their care. They are offering a special starting Friday, September 19th through Sunday, September 21st 2014. Owners can adopt an adult cat, young cat, or kitten for $15 – the cost of a license. This includes spay/neutering, micro-hipping, vaccinations, and exam.

 

SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, 9/18/2014

Take a Walk in the Park for SCRAPS Hope Foundation!

walkintheparkIt’s time to put on your walking shoes and join SCRAPS for a fun-packed day to raise money to provide medical treatment to the homeless animals taken in by the shelter! You can walk with or without a dog, with your ‘pack’, in memory of a beloved pet, as a virtual walker, or even in honor of your cat.

A Walk in the Park on Saturday, September 27th 2014 from 10am-2pm, is a pledge walk to support the SCRAPS Hope Foundation Animal Medical Fund, which provides live-saving medical treatment, enrichment, and care to homeless dogs in our area.

Registration is free and can be done online at: SCRAPSHopeFoundation.org (or on the date of the event). Once you have registered you can collect pledges from family, friends, and coworkers to help support animals in the care of SCRAPS Hope Foundation. Registration includes a doggie bag and a chance to win prizes for you and your pooch!

A Walk in the Park will take place at Prairie View Park on Spokane’s South Hill (61st Avenue and the Palouse Highway). It will feature a Puppy Track and a Big Dog Track for kids and adults.

Don’t let this great opportunity to get out and play with your dogs for a great cause pass you by! Register now for A Walk in the Park, start collecting pledges, and see you out there on September 27th!

Heat Returns Along with Danger to Pets

scraps logoThis weekend the Spokane area enjoyed some relief from the soaring temperatures, but the forecast for the next few days shows escalating heat and that can be dangerous for pets left in a vehicle while the owner runs an errand.

The last day over 90 degrees in Spokane translated into 15 calls of dogs confined in hot cars for SCRAPS Animal Protection Officers. Two of those owners face charges and fines for leaving their dogs in vehicles that were both above 110 degrees.

“Despite repeated warnings, people are still taking their pet with them for a trip to the store,” said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. “Those few seconds inside a car in the heat could be fatal for your pet – even if you open the window an inch or two.”

SCRAPS is asking the public to leave their pets at home during these extreme temperatures.

The signs of heat stoke include:
1. Heat stroke begins with heavy panting and difficulty breathing.
2. The tongue and mucous membranes appear bright red.
3. The saliva is thick and tenacious, and the dog often vomits.
4. The rectal temperature rises to 104° to 110°F (40° to 43.3°C).
5. The dog becomes progressively unsteady and passes bloody diarrhea.
6. As shock sets in, the lips and mucous membranes turn gray.
7. Collapse, seizures, coma, and death rapidly ensue

 

(SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, July 2014)

Cats Near Capacity at SCRAPS!

scraps logoFourteen cats have become the latest residents of the SCRAPS free roaming cat room after they were surrenderedThey are all adult cats that came from one home and are in good health and ready for adoption.  They joined the already near capacity number of felines, both adults and kittens, that are in the SCRAPS cat room.

“Our new facility holds almost twice the number of cats as before, but we are still almost full in our cat room,” said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS.  “This has been an incredibly busy kitten season and now we are seeing more and more adult cats being surrendered including this latest group.”  The pet parent of these cats passed away and the family could not find homes for them.  The limit for pets in one house-hold is four cats and four dogs in Spokane County (and just four pets total in the City of Spokane).

To ensure that each of these cats and all of the felines at the shelter can find a forever home, SCRAPS will be holding a two-day cat adoption event.  On Friday, July 25, Saturday, July 26th and Sunday, July 27th, you can adopt a cat for free with the cost of the license, which is fifteen dollars The spay/neutering, microchipping, exam and vaccinations are all free.

“We have every age, weight, size and breed available,” said Hill.  “Our facilities are really stretched to the limit and we hope the community will help us and come find a forever friend.”

SCRAPS is open seven days a week:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m.  Wednesday the shelter is open from  noon to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. SCRAPS is located at 6815 E. Trent in the Spokane Valley.

 

 

(SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, 7/25/2014)

Emergency Preparedness For Your Pets!

Preparing for an emergency for your pet.

Preparing for an emergency for your pet.

Tips to prepare your pet for an emergency.

Emergencies come in many different forms, and you may need to evacuate your home on a temporary basis or a longer, unknown amount of time.

SCRAPS urges pet owners to be prepared for any circumstance by making sure their pets are always wearing up-to-date identification in the form of a license and  microchip. “Pets can easily get lost and lose their collars in the chaos of an emergency,” said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. “A microchip with current information will get your pet home.”

Preparing an Emergency Kit for your pet before disaster strikes is another way to help keep your pets safe. The kit should include:

  • food
  • water
  • medicines (with instructions) for five days
  • medical and veterinary records (many temporary boarding facilities will require proof of vaccinations)
  • carrier
  • toys
  • blanket or bed
  • litter box and litter
  • current photos of your pet(s) with description in case they get lost

Other tips include:

Make a Plan for a Shelter

Plan ahead and do research. Find out what hotels outside of your immediate area might accept pets and make a list of potential boarding facilities for your pets including phone numbers. Check with friends and relatives outside of the area to see if they would be willing to help out.

In Case You Are Not at Home

In case something should happen when you aren’t in town, make arrangements for a trusted neighbor to take your pets and meet you at a specified location. Be sure the person is comfortable with your pets and your pets are familiar with him/her, knows where your animals are likely to be, knows where your disaster supplies are kept and has a key to your home.

 

(SOURCE (text and image) – SCRAPS Hope Foundation press release, July 2014)

Top Tips for Finding a Lost Pet!

scraps logoWhen a pet goes missing it can be devastating to your family. Before you panic and give your missing pet up as gone forever, here are some tips and actions you can take that may help return to your pet to your family ASAP!

Stop by SCRAPS.
SCRAPS is the only place where a neighbor, passerby, or Animal Protection Officer will bring your lost pet. No other organization houses stray or lost animals in Spokane County. Look on our website under Impound to see if your pet has been brought to the shelter or better yet, stop by. If your pet has a license microchip, we will contact you immediately.

Begin your search right away, especially for cats.
The longer you wait to begin your search the less likely you will be reunited with your pet. Waiting for your pet to find its own way home increases the chances that your pet will travel further away or become injured.

Fill out a Lost Pet Report on the SCRAPS website.

Post a “Lost Dog/Cat” ad on the community “Lost and Found” and “Pets” section of Craigslist.
Also check for “Found” pets on Craigslist to see if your animal has been found by someone trying to find the owner. Re-post your ad every other day, since sometimes there are so any ads that yours will fall to the second page and may not be seen. WARNING: If you are contacted by someone who wants a reward for returning your pet, it may be a scam. If your pet has a license, it is considered your property. You can file a theft charge against the person holding your animal. If you are willing to pay the fee, ask for proof and meet in a public place so that you can view the animal before any money changes hands.

Ask your neighbors if they have seen your pet.
Many people place a stray animal in their garage and start looking for the owner.

Make “Lost Dog/Cat” posters and flyers.
Use bright neon paper and write “LOST DOG/LOST CAT” in large block print. Hang posters, following your town’s sign ordinances, at major intersections so that they can be seen and read by people driving by. Hand out flyers to people, hang them in store windows, and post them on bulletin boards. Hand out your flyers in a 20-block radius around your home. Flyers should have a photo of your pet, a complete description, and your phone number. “Tag” your car using a neon window marker as well. Use several bright colors and write three or four words to describe your pet.

 

(SOURCE – SCRAPS informational flyer)

Full House and Sale at SCRAPS!!!

scraps logoIn a one week period from July 1st through July 6th, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has taken in 89 dogs and 145 cats – a total of 234 animals. That’s thirty nine animals per day for the last six days.

“Even during this busy season, that’s an unbelievable amount of incoming animals for us,” said Nancy Hill, SCRAPS Regional Director. “These pets have no identification – no license or microchip – so we must find them homes immediately.” Last year, SCRAPS took in 43 dogs and 59 cats during the same period of time and that number is considered high.

No matter how you add it up, SCRAPS is full. Every cat cage and dog pod is almost full to capacity and we are seeking the public’s help in finding new homes for the animals in our care. To ensure that each of these animals can find a forever home, SCRAPS will be holding an adoption event here at the shelter. On Tuesday, July 8th through Sunday, July 13th, you can adopt a dog or cat for free when you purchase a license. Licenses are $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 great pets,” said Hill. “Also, please remember to license and microchip your animals. It the best way to guarantee they will find their way home.” Licensing is required by law for both dogs and cats in Spokane County.

SCRAPS is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 –5:00 p.m. We are located at 6815 E. Trent in the Spokane Valley.

 

About SCRAPS:
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is a progressive municipal animal care and protection agency serving the unincorporated areas of Spokane County, the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, Liberty Lake, Millwood, and Medical Lake.

SCRAPS has deputized animal protection officers extensively trained to enforce animal laws and respond to emergency situations. SCRAPS is also active in educational and community outreach programs and is dedicated to its continued investment in innovative behavioral programs.

 

(SOURCE – SCRAPS press release)