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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)

Featured Pet: Josee #4802

josecollageadoptedJosee (#4802) is an eight-year-old female Terrier mix. She came to SCRAPS after her previous pet parent became seriously ill and couldn’t take care of her anymore. It is important when taking on the responsibility of a pet to make arrangements with family or friends to continue their care if something like serious illness or death happens. Josee is very affectionate and loves to be active and play. She’s looking for a family that has time to give her lots of exercise as well as cuddle with her on a regular basis. The adoption fee for Josee is just $25 (the cost of a license) until July 13th during the current SCRAPS sale, and includes micro-chipping and licensing among other things. If you are interested in adopting her, please come to SCRAPS and ask for her by ID number 4802!

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)

Featured Pet: Fluffy #4569

fluffyadoptedFluffy (#4569) is a four-year-old, beautiful long haired male cat. His owner just couldn’t keep up with the care and time his coat required. He is very healthy and affectionate but needs grooming. Many people think cats are self-sufficient, but they need to have regular vet checks, quality food and grooming – just like dogs. The adoption fee for Fluffy is $40, which includes microchipping and licensing, among other things. If you are interested in adopting him, please head to SCRAPS new location at 6815 E Trent, Spokane Valley, and ask for Fluffy by ID number 4569!

Furry Friends and Fireworks

independentdogTips for keeping your pets safe this Fourth of July!

As you celebrate our country’s independence this Fourth of July, make sure your pets don’t become independent from you! More pets are lost on this upcoming holiday than any other day of the year. A dogs’ hearing is ten times more sensitive than a humans and the loud noises can be especially difficult for them.

If you’re thinking of taking your dog outside to watch the fireworks with you…Think again! You and your dog will have a much more enjoyable evening if you leave the dog at home. Aside from the danger associated with your dog being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the large amount of people, loud noises and repeated flashes of light are likely to have a traumatic effect on them.

Whatever you do, don’t leave your dog in the car! Many pet owners think cracking a car window open or just running into the store for a minute is alright but it doesn’t take long for your dog to become over heated. On a 78 degree day, temperatures inside a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees – a scorching 160 degrees in the sun.

Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe!

• Go for a long walk before celebrating. If you normally take your dog out for thirty minutes, take a two-hour hike instead! This way his brain will be so tired that he won’t be able to concentrate on the fireworks.

• Keep your cat in a safe place indoors like a bedroom or bathroom with the door closed.

• Distract your dog. Once the fireworks go off, ask him to do obedience behavior and them focus on something other than the noise.

• Keep your dog on a leash. This will give you more control and help prevent your dog from running off.

• Double check to make sure your pets have enough water during the hot temperatures.

• Make sure your dog has I.D. If your dog does become lost, tags, a license and microchips can get him back to you safely.

 

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

Featured Pet: Rosie #4093

rosieadoptedpicRosie (#4093) is a one-year-old, spayed, female black Labrador mix. Her previous family moved out of state and could not take her with them so they surrendered her to SCRAPS. She is very sweet and gentle, but also very shy and needs some time to warm up to new people. She is very smart and easy to train, and has even been used in demonstrations at SCRAPS because of this. She would do best in a home of older kids or adults who have time to not only snuggle with her but give her plenty of exercise and play time. The adoption fee for Rosie is $87.04 and includes micro-chipping and licensing among other things. If you are interested in adopting her, please come to SCRAPS and ask for her by ID number 4093!

Featured Pet: Bardo #3948

bardoadoptedBardo (#3948) is a 10-year-old, neutered, male, Black Labrador. He was found without identification and brought in to SCRAPS. He has a bit of gray hair on his snout and is a little hard of hearing but is otherwise in great shape for a senior dog. He is very sweet and likes to be with people, whether that is just hanging out on the couch or going for a walk. He would be good with a family that includes children, though because of his size might do better with older kids than younger ones. The adoption fee for Bardo is $87.04, which includes micro-chipping and licensing among other things. If you are interested in adopting him, please come to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number 3948!

Featured Pet: Monster #3910

monsteradoptedMonster (#3910) is an adult, male, long-haired cat. He is big in size and in love and is looking for a great forever home where he can lay on the couch, take long naps, and cuddle in warm laps. He may look a bit grumpy but he’s actually very sweet and would make a great addition to a new family. The adoption fee for Monster is $40, which includes micro-chipping and licensing, among other things. If you are interested in adopting him, please head to SCRAPS new location at: 6815 E Trent, Spokane Valley, and ask for him by ID number 3910!

Checklist of a Safe Summer for Your Pets!

CarterwearingmysunglassesKeep cool. Dogs and cats can become dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of water when it is hot outdoors. Also make sure your pet has a shady place to escape the sun if outside and when the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your dog’s body can heat up quickly and sensitive paw pads can burn.

Spot the symptoms. The symptoms of overheating in pets can include increased heart rate, drooling, excessive panting or difficulty breathing, mild weakness, seizures, and an elevated body temperature (over 104 degrees). Elderly, overweight, and pets with heart or lung diseases are more susceptible to heatstroke. Pets with short muzzles like pugs, bulldogs, and Persian cats become overheated because they cannot effectively pant. These pet should be kept in air conditioning to stay cool.

Visit the vet. A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations. Pets should also be given a blood test for heartworm disease every year in the early spring. The deadly parasite is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito and it is recommended that dogs and cats be on a monthly preventative medication year round.

Keep up-to-date. Make sure your pet’s shots are up-to-date and your license and microchip information is up-to-date. In warm weather there’s more traffic in and out of your door and more chance that your pet may get out. Without updated information, SCRAPS can not help them find their way home.

Party smarts. Summertime can be perfect for backyard barbecues or parties but remember that the food and drink you serve your guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets and remember that the snacks you serve your friends should not be treats for your pet. Any change of diet – even for one meal – may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Make sure to avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol, since these are poisonous to pets.

Fireworks are not friendly. Leave pets at home when you head out for fireworks and don’t ignite fireworks around pets. Aside from sounding scary, exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma to curious pets, and unused fireworks can be hazardous. Many fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic, and other heavy metals.

Splash safely. Do no leave dogs unsupervised around a pool as not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear a flotation device on board a boat. Rinse your dog after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from fur and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset. Also, make sure that your pet does not have access to the concentrated pool chemicals, as they are highly toxic to animals if ingested.

Love the leash. Warm weather can lead to longer walks and sometimes the summer is the first time pet owners have the opportunity to take their dog outside for extended periods. While this is exciting for both dog and dog owner, it is important that dogs always be kept on leash with a collar and ID tag to protect them from getting loose and injuring themselves or others.

 

 

(SOURCE text – SCRAPS Press Release, June 2014)
(SOURCE image – ahappypets.com)

Featured Pet: Roscoe #3622

roscoeadoptedyayRoscoe (#3622) is a two year old male Chow Chow mix. He was trapped and brought in to SCRAPS while out on the prowl for love. He is very healthy and mostly full grown, though he may fill out a bit more before he is done. He has a great, affectionate, and happy personality and already walks well on a leash. He is a bigger dog, however, and very strong, and will need someone to walk him that is able to maintain control if he decides he wants to go off on an adventure. He is young and full of energy and would do well with an active family that has lots of time and attention to give him.  The adoption fee for Roscoe is just $25 (the cost of a license) during the SCRAPS Moving Sale (going on until 6/8) and includes neutering as well as micro-chipping. If you are interested in adopting Roscoe, please come to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number 3622!