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Featured Pet: Annie #10598

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Meet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Annie #10598

Likes: running, playing, snuggling, long walks, big meals

Dislikes: being left alone for long periods of time, a sedentary lifestyle

What She’s Looking for in a Family: a family of adults and older children will be best; Annie is very sweet and loyal but she’s also high energy and a bit willful and will need a mature, steady family to keep her behaving well

Extra extra: Annie is a hound dog and needs proper training and regular exercise to keep her healthy and happy

Adoption Fee: $87.04 (includes spaying, micro-chipping, licensing, etc)

Featured Pet: Cleo #9887

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Name: Cleo #9887

Likes: adventure, play time, jumping up on things, cuddling, chin scratches

Dislikes: being kept from whatever adventuring she wants to be doing, interrupted nap time

What She’s Looking for in a Family: any size family will do

Extra Extra: Cleo has a beautiful long coat and will need some help keeping it maintained so she needs a family that has time to devote to brushing her on a regular basis

Adoption Fee: $40 (includes micro-chipping, spaying, and licensing)

Pets As Presents? Some Things to Keep in Mind

scraps logoGiving pets as presents during the holidays is an ongoing debate among animal welfare organizations. Unlike with other holiday presents, owners cannot just pop in a fresh battery or put the pet away in the closet after the novelty wears off. If you are thinking about putting a new pet under the tree this holiday season, here are a few things the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) would like you to consider.

“Pets are living, breathing creatures and they can live sixteen, seventeen – or more -years,” said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. “If you are going to add a new member to your family, you need to make sure you have the time to train and care for it. Pets as playthings is the wrong message to send to children.”

During the holidays, families are busy shopping, baking and getting ready for visitors. This may not be the best time to begin potty training, setting up a care routine or introducing a new animal into your home. Other things to consider are:

The activities in the household might present safety hazards and increased opportunities for the pup to get in trouble or hurt. Especially when the household is not used to having a pet around and underfoot, it can be hard to keep ornaments, decorations, tinsel, wrapping, string, scissors, candles, potentially poisonous holiday plants and other dangerous items out of animals’ reach.

The holiday hubbub of guests, flashing lights, noisy toys, gift unwrapping, camera snapping, romping children, etc. can scare an animal of any age, particularly a puppy.

It is essential to always supervise when dogs and children are together. Since this is hard to do during a big holiday, the chance of a bite increases.

Puppy7Studies show that too often the gift puppy is given up within the first year, starved for training, socialization and affection. Many are brought to the shelter because they have “behavior problems” caused by a lack of training and supervision in the first few months.

One solution SCRAPS can provide is to offer gift certificates that allow a family to “adopt” a new pet but let everyone in the family actually choose the specific animal later when things quiet down. Preparing and planning for your new family member is key to making a life-long commitment to a pet.

 

SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, 12/10/14

Featured Pet: Bongo #10189

bongoadoptedMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Bongo #10189

Likes: herding other animals, running, figuring tricky things out, games, running

Dislikes: being stuck inside for long periods of time, laziness, being left alone, not having something active to do

What He’s Looking for in a Family: any size family will do as long as they have lots of energy and time to spend with him

Extra extra: like many herding dogs, Bongo needs proper training and exercise to make sure he behaves properly

Adoption Fee: $87.04 (includes micro-chipping, licensing, neutering, etc)

Ten Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in Winter!

scraps logoNo one wants an icicle for a pet – they’re simply not that cuddly. If your pet spends most of the time in the backyard, please change your routine and keep them indoors during the freezing months.

1. Bare naked truth
If you must keep your pet outdoors consider this: your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection for your pet during winter. Be a pal and provide your dog with a a warm, dry, and draft-free shelter outside. SCRAPS has free dog houses available. They also accept gently used dog houses.

2. No more frozen dinners
Because it takes more energy to stay warm when it’s cold, outdoor animals eat more during the winter. Likewise, fresh running water is vital for maintaining your pet’s health. Keep an eye on the water bowls and make sure they haven’t turned into little skating rinks. Heated dog dishes are available at most pet stores.

3. Latest fad diet
Indoor animals have different dietary needs. They conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust the amount of food accordingly. No one wants an overweight pet.

4. Be careful with cars
Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildfie, who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.

315. Safety and salt
The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice an irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.

6. Avoid antifreeze
Antifreeze is a deadly poison but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and store anitfreeze (and all houseful chemicals) out of reach. Better yet, use antifreeze-coolant made with propylene glycol; if swallowed in small amounts it will not hurt pets, wildlife, or your family.

7. Bone chilling
No matter what the temperature, wind chill can threaten a pet’s life. Be sure to check not only the temperature outside but the wind chill as well. The wind can lower the temperature 10 or even 20 degrees causing serious problems for your pet.

8. Season for serious concern
Regardless of the season, short-haired, very young, or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision during low temperatures. NEVER! Let your pet out to go to the bathroom and then get them inside immediately.

9. Sweater weather
Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks. The SCRAPS Bow Wow Meow Market has lots of affordable sweaters and coats to keep your dog in style and comfortable.

10. Winter wellness
Has your pet had their preventative care exam (wellness exam) yet? Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year and it’s as good a time as any to have them checked out to make sure they are ready and as healthy as possible for cold weather.

 

 

SOURCE – SCRAPS information sheet
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Turn Your Trash in to Treasures for SCRAPS!

scraps logoThe Happy Howl-i-day Party is the annual SCRAPS Open House on December 13th from 1 – 3 p.m. at the regional facility at 6815 E. Trent in the Spokane Valley. We invite everyone down to the shelter for some cookies, cocoa and a tour of the kennels and cages. We will also have information about making treats for your pets, safety information for the holidays and special gift bags for your pets.

This year, SCRAPS has also partnered with “Clothes for the Cause” a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash. Clothing and textiles are accepted at SCRAPS throughout the day. This includes bedding, stuffed animals, drapes, purses, belts and towels – in any condition. No household items or electronics are accepted.

This “trash” is turned into treasures like dog beds, pencils and playground flooring. Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the day.

All proceeds from the collection go to the SCRAPS Animal Medical Fund.

At SCRAPS, we want to give every animal a very special gift for the holidays – a forever home. To help us achieve this holiday miracle, we’ve got some great events and super specials throughout the month.

On December 6th, Chico’s in Riverpark Square will offer 10% on all profits from 2 – 5 p.m. back to SCRAPS.

On December 6th ,13th and 20th pet parents can drop by Petco in the Spokane Valley from 11a.m. – 3 p.m and get their pictures taken with Santa. SCRAPS receives the portrait price, which will be used in our Animal Medical Fund.

Throughout the month of December, SCRAPS has two Angels for the Animals trees in our lobby. The first tree has tags with a special item that can be purchased for a shelter animal. The second tree features donors that gave to our Animal Medical Fund during the month.

 

About the SCRAPS Animal Medical Fund: SCRAPS is the only agency that serves the homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Spokane County. Nearly 11,000 animals come to us each year. We provide treatment, rehabilitation and rehoming to all these animals through generous donations from private individuals and business. These funds are not part of the contracts for animal protection we receive from cities.

 

SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, December 1st 2014

Winter Holiday Plants That Are Dangerous for Pets

Animals will often chew plants to get some roughage. For dogs this is because they are omnivores and actually enjoy plant foods. Plant roughage can be a good source of vitamins and can be helpful for passing food through the intestines. Cats are strictly carnivorous, but eating plants can benefit them by helping to bind hair in the stomach and carry it back out when they hack the hair out through their esophagus and mouth. However, animals also eat leaves for reasons we do not always understand. This is especially true for pets that are kept indoors most or all of the time, since they have not learned which plants taste bad and should be avoided, or they do not have enough access to plants and will chew on whatever is accessible.

There are some types of decorative plants that are toxic to dogs and cats. In some cases, only mild indigestion and discomfort will result, in other cases, the toxicity can lead to more severe health problems, and even fatalities. If you are planning to bring holiday foliage into your home this year this season, you will need to know which plants are safe, which should be kept out of your pet’s reach, and which should be avoided entirely.

Poinsettia Plant Basics

A lot of people have been led to believe that the poinsettia plant is deadly for pets and children, but this is actually an unlikely occurrence. The poinsettia plant’s brightly colored leaves contain a sap that is irritating to the tissues of the mouth and esophagus. If the leaves are ingested, they will often cause nausea and vomiting, but it would take a large amount of the plant’s material to cause poisoning, and most animals and children will not eat such a large enough amount because of the irritating taste and feel from the sap.

However, if the plant has been treated with a pesticide, your pet could be at risk of becoming ill from ingesting the pesticide. The size of your pet and the amount of ingested plant material will be the determining factors for the severity of the poisoning. Young animals — puppies and kittens — are at the highest risk. Severe reactions to the plant or to the pesticide it has been treated with include seizures, coma, and in some cases, death.

Holly and Mistletoe

Holly and mistletoe are also popular holiday plants. These plants, along with their berries, have a greater toxicity level than the poinsettia. Symptoms of illness form ingesting these plants include intestinal upset, such as vomiting and diarrhea, excessive drooling, and abdominal pain.

Mistletoe contains multiple substances that are toxic to both dogs and cats, including toxalbumin and pharatoxin viscumin (Lectins, Phoratoxins). Mistletoe is well known for causing severe intestinal upset, as well as a sudden and severe drop in blood pressure, breathing problems, and even hallucinations (unusual behavior). If a large enough amount of these plants are ingested, seizures and death may follow. The leaves and berries of holly and mistletoe plants, even the dried plants, should be kept well out of your pet’s reach, or kept out of the home altogether.

Lilies and Daffodils

Both popular gift items at this time of year, plants in the lily and daffodil can be toxic to pets. In cats, Lilium and Hemerocallis genera lilies are the most dangerous. Eating even a small amount of the plant will have a severe impact on a cat’s system, causing severe symptoms such as gastrointestinal issues, arrhythmia, and convulsions. Daffodils are also toxic to both dogs and cats, especially the bulbs.

Amaryllis

The beauty of the flowering Amaryllis is matched by its toxicity. The Amaryllis contains Lycorine and other noxious substances, which cause salivation, gastrointestinal abnormalities (vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain), lethargy, and tremors in both cats and dogs. The bulb of the plant is reputed to be even more dangerous than the flowers and stalk.

The Amaryllis also goes by other names, including Belladonna, Saint Joseph Lily, Cape Belladonna, and Naked Lady.

Christmas Cactus

Fortunately, the Christmas Cactus (or its relative, the Easter Cactus) plant is not toxic to dogs in either its parts or flowers. The same lack of toxicity applies for cats. However, fibrous plant material can cause irritation to the stomach and intestine, leading to vomiting or diarrhea.

The Christmas Tree

There are other dangers to consider with the good ol’ Yule tree other than lights and ornaments. The oils produced by fir trees can be irritating to a pet’s mouth and stomach, causing excessive vomiting or drooling. The tree needles, meanwhile, may cause gastrointestinal irritation, obstruction and puncture.

Additionally, the water used to nourish Christmas trees can be noxious. Bacteria, molds, and fertilizers can cause your pet to become extremely sick with only a few laps.

Playing it Safe

If you do choose to bring any of these plants into the home, or place them near the entry way where your pet can reach them, be very careful about where you are placing them. Cats, especially, need to be considered, since they can jump to high shelves. If your cat is a known plant chewer, you will probably be better off choosing imitation plants over the real things. But, if your dog or cat does manage to ingest any part of these holiday plants, call your veterinarian or poison control immediately to find out what you should do to minimize the damage.

 

SOURCE – Pet MD

Featured Pet: Zeta #9870

Pet-of-the-Week-Zeta-9870-TVMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Zeta #9870

Likes: cuddles, treats, walks, discovering new smells, back scratches

Dislikes: having no one to cuddle or play with

What She’s Looking for in a Family: any type of family will do, though because of her size she will need to be monitored with small children (she’s super affectionate, she just doesn’t always know her own strength)

Extra extra: Zeta is a senior dog, and while she has no current health issues, special attention will need to be paid to her diet and exercise

Adoption Fee: $25 (just the cost of a license!)

Featured Pet: Tonya #9484

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Meet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Tonya #9484

Likes: socializing, walking, cuddling on the couch

Dislikes: being left alone for long periods of time

What She’s Looking for in a Family: any type of home will do but energetic young children might be a bit overwhelming for her

Extra extra: while she currently has no health issues, Tonya is an older dog and will need to have special attention paid to her diet and exercise

Adoption Fee: $25 (just the cost of a license!)

How to Care for Outdoor Cats in Winter

feralcatshelterShelter, food, and water are especially important to stray and feral cats in cold weather.

Who are those cats you see outside on cold days? They may be pets whose owners let (or put) them outside.

Or they could be community cats, a group that includes ferals (who are afraid of people) and strays (who’ve been lost or abandoned). No matter how resourceful these outdoor cats are, they need help surviving winter.

Follow our tips for making sure your local outdoor cats have shelter, food and water during the cold months.

Give outdoor cats shelter from the cold

Yes, their thickened winter coats help feral and stray cats weather winter’s chill, but they still need warm, dry, well-insulated and appropriate-sized shelters.

It’s cheapest to build your own shelters, and there are many plans and instructions that can help you get started.

You may find inexpensive or free materials by asking building-supply stores or contractors if they have scrap lumber. Ask friends, neighbors and coworkers for used dog houses, which can be modified to make good shelters. You can even use a storage bin from the local hardware store.

Creating a life-saving shelter for outdoor cats can be easy and inexpensive.

A shelter must trap the cats’ body heat to warm its interior. If the shelter is too large, it will be difficult for the cats’ body heat to keep the space warm.

Straw is the best material to put in a shelter because it allows cats to burrow. Pillowcases loosely stuffed with packing peanuts and shredded newspaper also work.

Keep things clean: Replace straw and newspaper if moist or dirty, and wash and re-stuff pillowcases as needed.

However, if it’s really cold where you live and you can’t check on the shelters regularly, don’t use the above insulations. Instead, “wallpaper” the shelter’s inner walls and floor with Mylar. It reflects back body heat, and it’s okay for cats to lie on it.

Don’t use blankets, towels or folded newspaper; they absorb body heat and chill cats who are lying on them. Forego hay, too, which may irritate noses and cause allergic reactions.

feralcatshelter2Where to place food and water

Protect outdoor cats from hunger and thirst this winter by keeping their food and water from freezing.

If you can do so without compromising the privacy and security of the shelter, place food and water near the shelter so the cats won’t have to travel far.

A way to protect food and water is to place two shelters—doorways facing each other—two feet apart. Then create a canopy between them by securing a wide board from one roof to the other. Then put the food and water under the canopy.

What you put food and water in can make a difference. A thick plastic water container that’s deep and wide is better-insulated than a thin plastic or ceramic container. A solar-heated water bowl can prevent or delay water and canned food from freezing.

If shelters are well-insulated, you can put bowls of dry or moist food inside them, far from the doorway. Even if the moist food freezes, the cats’ body heat will defrost it when they hunker down in their shelter.

Don’t put water bowls inside the shelter. Water is easily spilled, and a wet shelter will feel more like a refrigerator than a warm haven.

 

SOURCE – Humane Society of the United States
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Featured Pet: Captain Louie #9722

 

captainlouieadoptedMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Captain Louie #9722

Likes: long naps in warm sunshine, eating, scratches behind the ears, cuddling

Dislikes: loud noises and strange people before he’s gotten used to a new place, an empty food bowl

What He’s Looking for in a Family: any size family will do as he’s happy to snuggle with just about anyone

Extra extra: Captain Louie only has three legs and is a bit overweight but with a good diet and regular exercise/play time he is just like any other healthy cat

Adoption Fee: $40 (includes micro-chipping and licensing)

Featured Pet: Tasha #9565 and Tia #9566

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Meet Our Pets of the Week! 

Name: Tasha #9565 and Tia #9566

Likes: snuggling, eating, napping on the couch, long grooming sessions

Dislikes: going outside, being alone for long periods of time, not being treated like the princesses that they are

What They’re Looking for in a Family: these lovely ladies would do well in any size family as long as they get a lot of attention

Extra extra: Persians have long coats that need to be brushed and maintained on a regular basis or they will easily become knotted and dirty; Tasha and Tia are declawed on all four feet so must be kept inside at all times

Adopted Fee: $40 each (includes micro-chipping and licensing)

Featured Pet: Sly #9303

slyadoptedMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Sly #9303

Breed: Domestic Short Hair (may be a Bombay mix)

Likes: being sneaky, jumping out from behind stuff at people, purring, cuddling, napping in rays of sunshine

Dislikes: being left alone for long periods of time, the vacuum cleaner, a half empty food bowl

What He’s Looking for in a Family: any size family will do, as long as they have time to play with him and snuggle with him

Extra extra: Sly is a young cat with a lot of energy but he’s not a kitten anymore so while he loves to play, he loves to sleep as well

Adoption Fee: $40 (includes neutering, micro-chipping, and licensing)

Featured Pet: Percy #9041

percyadopted copyMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Percy #9041

Breed: Shih Tzu

Likes: cuddling, playing, going for walks, eating dinner, kisses, lap time

Dislikes: being left alone for long periods of time, diets (even though he’s a little heavy and needs to watch what he eats more often)

What He’s Looking for in a Family: any size family is fine by him as long as everyone has time to devote to him

Extra extra: Percy is already neutered and has no current health issues BUT he is getting older and will need good food and regular vet visits (he could also use thorough bathing on a regular basis)

Adoption Fee: $87.04 (includes micro-chipping and licensing)

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

Featured Pet: Leibchen #8827

leibchenadoptedMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Leibchen #8827

Breed: German Wirehaired Pointer

Likes: lazy afternoons, hikes in nature, smelling and pointing at things, hanging with my family

Dislikes: loud noises, rough and tumble behavior, skipping meals

What She’s Looking for in a Family: a family of older adults or adults and mature children

Extra extra: Leibchen needs a diet of good food while she continues to gain back weight

Adoption Fee: $87.04 (includes micro-chipping and licensing)

Featured Pet: Titan #8404

titanadoptedMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Titan #8404

Breed: Mixed breed (hound/Pit mix)

Likes: cuddling, head scratches, long walks, big meals, playing fetch, stretching out on the couch til all available space is completely taken up

Dislikes: small couches or beds or anyplace really that isn’t big enough to hold him AND his favorite people/cuddle buddies

What He’s Looking for in a Family: any size family is fine with him, in fact the more the merrier! BUT families with small children should keep his size in mind

Extra extra: there are no special needs for this big boy!

Adoption Fee: $87.04 (includes micro-chipping and licensing)

Featured Pet: Tressa #7524

tressacollageMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Tressa #7524

Breed: Mixed breed (Lab mix)

Likes: hugs, long walks, sniffing things, cuddling, meeting new people, exploring, did we mention cuddling and hugs?

Dislikes: being left alone for long periods of time, bad weather that keeps her from going for walks

What She’s Looking for in a Family: any size family is fine with her as she is very sweet and good-mannered

Extra extra: there are no special needs for this lovely lady, as she has adapted wonderfully after her surgery

Adoption Fee: $87.04 (includes micro-chipping and licensing)

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

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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

Featured Pet: Tosa #7629

tosaadoptedMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Tosa #7629

Breed: Mixed breed (Shepherd mix)

Likes: hugs, long walks, playing in the yard, snuggling, eating treats, kind of listening to commands

Dislikes: being left alone, startlingly loud voices, empty food bowls

What She’s Looking for in a Family: any size family will do but small children should be aware of her size

Extra extra: just getting over a pryometra infection but is very healthy now

Adoption Fee: $87.04 (includes spaying, micro-chipping, and licensing)

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

Featured Pet: Oreo #7414

oreoadoptedMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Oreo #7414

Breed: Mixed breed (possibly some Jack Russell Terrier)

Likes: walking on a leash, sitting in a lap, eating treats, hunting for crumbs left in the couch, sniffing interesting smells

Dislikes: new people and places mixed with loud noises (needs some time to adjust to new things – a little shy but willing to get over it)

What He’s Looking for in a Family: anyone young or old who has the time to play and cuddle with him

Extra Extra: neutered

Adoption Fee: $87.04 (includes micro-chipping and licensing)

Featured Pet: Stuart #6924

stuartadoptedMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Stuart #6924
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Likes: cuddling, talking, playing with string and other dangly things, napping in the warm spot left on the couch after his people have been sitting there
Dislikes: outdoors (he’s declawed so needs to stay inside), an empty food dish
What He’s Looking for in a Family: kids and adults are fine as long as they are mellow and quiet and willing to give him lots of affection
Extra Extra: neutered and declawed on his front paws
Adoption Fee: $40 (includes micro-chipping and licensing)

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!

Featured Pet: Allegra #6223

allegraadoptedAllegra (#6223) is a beautiful four-year-old long-haired Calico cat. She was picked up and brought in to SCRAPS and is now waiting for the perfect forever home. She’s very sweet and affectionate and does have a bit of a mischievous side to her. She’s happy to cuddle and nap with her family, but also likes to play on occasion. Allegra has a lovely long coat that she maintains fairly well on her own. But long hair can easily become tangled and matted and she’ll need to be brushed on a regular basis to keep her coat in great shape. The adoption fee for Allegra is $40 and includes spaying, micro-chipping, and licensing, among other things. If you are interested in adopting her, please head out to SCRAPS news location at 6815 E Trent, Spokane Valley, and ask for Allegra by ID number 6223!

Featured Pet: Spartacus #6597

spartacusadoptedSpartacus (#6597) is a four-year-old male Bernese Mountain Dog/Shepherd mix. He was picked up and brought in to SCRAPS and is now looking for a new forever home. He is young and full of energy and, while he wants to be a good boy, doesn’t always pay attention to what is being asked of him when he gets too excited. He would definitely benefit from some obedience classes and luckily SCRAPS offers them twice a month for FREE. He would be great with a family of adults and old kids, as his size and exuberance might be overwhelming for smaller children. The adoption fee for Spartacus is $87.04 and includes neutering, 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 6597!

Featured Pet: Snookie #5821

Pet of the WeekSnookie (#5821) is a spayed two-year-old tortoiseshell tabby cat. She’s sweet and playful and loves to eat, which is evident by the extra pounds she is currently carrying around. She was brought in to SCRAPS along with 13 other cats after her previous owner passed away. While she was in a large pet family before she was taken care of very well and is now looking for a new home where she can find love – and hopefully a diet! She has no current health issues but will need to lose some weight so that she can stay healthy. She would be fine with a family of any size, with or without kids, and does well in a multiple cat household. The adoption fee for Snookie is $40 and includes micro-chipping and licensing, among other things. If you are interested in adopting her, please head out to SCRAPS new location at 6815 E Trent, Spokane Valley, and ask for Snookie by ID number 5281!

Featured Pet: Bella #6360

bellaadoptedBella (#6360) is a beautiful four-year-old Border Collie. She has a lot of energy and loves to play, run, chase frisbees, and cuddle. She isn’t a puppy any longer but even adult Border Collies need time and attention or their behavior can become destructive. While she knows basic commands such as “sit”, she could use a little more obedience training. Luckily SCRAPS offers FREE dog training classes twice a month! Bella was surrendered by her last family because they didn’t have the time to give her all of the attention and training she needed. She would do great with a new family that is active and has a lot of time to spend with her. The adoption fee for Bella is $87.04 and includes spaying, 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 6360!

Featured Pet: Violet #6175

violetadoptedViolet (#6175) is a ten-year-old spayed female long-haired Siamese mix. She’s a beautiful older lady who loves to cuddle and nap in the sunshine. She and her brother Elroy were surrendered to SCRAPS when their previous pet parent moved out of state and decided not to take them along. Many people think it’s too much trouble to move with a pet, but at SCRAPS they’ve got some helpful tips to make the process easy to handle.

Violet has no current health issues but is a senior pet and will need some special attention paid to her diet and exercise. She would also do best in a family with older kids or just adults, as she has grown to like peace and quiet in her golden years. The adoption fee for Violet is $40 and includes micro-chipping and licensing, among other things. If you are interested in adopting her (or her brother Elroy), please head out to SCRAPS new location at 6815 E Trent, Spokane Valley, and ask for Violet by ID number 6175!

Featured Pet: Presley #5777

presleyadoptedPresley (#5777) is a two-year-old male hound dog. He was picked up and brought in to SCRAPS and is now looking for a new family who can keep up with his boundless energy! He is smart and eager to please but needs some obedience training to stay well behaved (and you’re in luck because SCRAPS offers FREE training classes!). Presley would do best with a family of active adults with no children or older children, as his size and energy could be overwhelming for small kids. The adoption fee for Presley is $87.04 and includes neutering, 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 5777!

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)

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!

Hot Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe!

hot dogThe official start to summer is less than a month away, but the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) wants to remind everyone how dangerous warm weather can be to pets.

On Thursday, June 5th at 11 a.m., SCRAPS Animal Protection Officers will demonstrate how quickly the inside of a car can become over heated and talk about summer safety tips at the south parking lot of the Spokane Valley Mall near the Regal Cinema. “Every summer, we respond to numerous calls of animals being left in cars,” said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. “Inside a car, the temperature will rapidly increase and can overwhelm a pet in a very short time period – sometimes with fatal consequences.”

Many pet owners think cracking a window open or just running inside the store for a minute or two is alright but since dogs are unable to sweat, it doesn’t take long before an animal can become over heated. “The temperature outside doesn’t have to be in the 90’s or more for a problem to exist,” said Hill. “On a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees — and hit a scorching 160 degrees if parked in the sun.” Anyone leaving a pet in a vehicle during warm weather may be charged with confinement in an unsafe manner which is a misdemeanor and may additionally be charged with animal cruelty which could result in felony charges.

She also adds that if pets are outside, owners need to provide plenty of water and shelter from the sun. SCRAPS has free dog houses available for people who are in need of one. SCRAPS is asking anyone who sees an animal left in a car to call 477-2533 right away and help keep animals safe.

 

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, Deer Park, Fairfield, Medical Lake, Liberty Lake, Millwood, and Cheney. 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, 5/28/14)

Featured Pet: Abner #3191

abneradoptedAbner (#3191) is a nine year old, male Shih Tzu. He was picked up by SCRAPS and brought to the shelter where he had to be treated for lacerations and a leg wound. His coat was also heavily matted and had to be shaved. He is a very sweet, very affectionate dog, though it does take him a few minutes to warm up to new people. Once he does, however, he doesn’t want to leave their side! He is already neutered and has no health issues except for those already mentioned. Because of his small size and somewhat shy personality, he would do best in a home with adults or older children and no other dogs unless they are also quiet and reserved like him. The adoption fee for Abner is just $25 (the cost of a license) during the SCRAPS Moving Sale (5/29-6/8) and still includes micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Abner, please come to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number 3191!

SCRAPS is Moving!

Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has begun the countdown to our move into the Regional Animal Facility at 6815 E. Trent!

Before we move, SCRAPS is looking for adopters to help us find homes for the animals in our care so we don’t have to transport them. All animals will be free with the purchase of a license; $15 for cats/kittens and $25 for dogs/puppies. The cost includes spay/neutering, vaccinations, micro chipping, license and exam. The sale starts Thursday, May 29th and runs until Sunday, June 8th.

Our current shelter at 2521 N. Flora will be closed on Tuesday, June 10th and Wednesday, June 11th in order to transport any remaining animals, office items and supplies. No licenses can be purchased nor will SCRAPS be adopting out animals. Owners can redeem their lost pets by appointment and officers will be responding to calls through our dispatch center.

On June 12th, SCRAPS will be open for business from 10 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. at the new site at 6815 E. Trent.

On June 21st, the public is invited to our official leash cutting at 9:45 a.m. during our Band Together for the Animals. The event is a free, public open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.* Guests can come see the new facility with a self-guided tour, meet animal rescue groups that help us save lives, enter for the hourly door prizes, attend animal-related seminars and more:
• Guests can bring donated clothes and make money for SCRAPS
• Find out how to make pet-friendly treats at home
• Purchase lunch at the Taco Tumbras truck
• Learn how to keep your pet safe this summer
• Attend a seminar in dog training
• Find out what to do if your pet gets lost
• Enjoy free cake for people
• Learn grooming techniques from a pro
• Stop by the kids’ craft station
• Adopt a new pet
• Bid on fabulous items during our Off Leash Online Auction at www.scrapshopefoundation.org

 

*Some of the Fox28 digital media team will be at the event so be sure to say ‘hi!’ if you attend and see them there!

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, Fairfield, Deer Park, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, and Millwood. 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, Janet Dixon)

Oldies But Goodies – Consider Adopting an Older Pet

When it comes time to adopt, most people think about a puppy or a kitten, but that may not be the best option for you and your family. With a puppy, you are taking on a twelve to twenty year commitment in the long run and a 24/7 commitment until your youngster learns some manners. “A young puppy is cute, but it requires training and supervision,” said Kathy Keeney, the Rescue Coordinator for SCRAPS.

“Adopting an older dog means you are already passed the teething years and are getting someone who is in all likelihood house trained.” Contrary to the popular expression, older animals can be taught new tricks much faster than young ones. Older dogs in particular are calmer and more focused.

You also need to consider your traits. “If you are a couch potato it makes no sense to get a high energy puppy,” said Keeney. “With an older dog, you already know the personality, size and temperament of your new family member.”

And the most important reason to adopt an older animal? You save a life. At shelters, older dogs are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. Saving an animal’s life offers an unparalleled emotional return on your investment, and you’ll feel the rewards every day you spend together.

 

(Source – SCRAPS Hope Foundation “Tail Waggin’ Times” newsletter, Vol. 6-2013 Issue 2)

Featured Pet: Lucy #3121

lucyadoptedLucy (#3121) is a 14 year old, senior, German Wire Haired Pointer. She was once a bird hunting dog but has retired from the active life and is ready to settle down with a nice, quiet family. She is very friendly and outgoing and does love a good walk on the leash or a turn about the yard. She would do best with a family of adults or older children but definitely not cats and little kids. Lucy may not be as adorable as a new puppy, but as an older dog she has already benefited from behavioral training and has passed many of the more destructive phases, such as chewing on your stuff! The adoption fee for Lucy is $87.04, which includes micro-chipping and licensing (she is already spayed). If you are interested in adopting her, please come to SCRAPS and ask for her by ID number 3121!

SCRAPS Wants YOU! To Help Transport Animals!

scrapstransport2One of the volunteer opportunities available at SCRAPS is running a transport to the west side of the state. It’s like a road trip with nine or ten of your best friends. Nine or ten furry, fuzzy, meowing, barking, whining friends.

Nine or ten friends you are helping take to new, happy, forever homes.

SCRAPS currently has dozens of partners across the state and in Canada who take dogs and cats from our shelter when we near capacity or an animal has a special need. It’s one more of the life-saving programs SCRAPS has enacted in the last few years. “We’ve become part of a great network of animal welfare organizations,” said Stephanie Kuritz, SCRAPS Transport Coordinator. “Our goal is to double the number of transports we have as we double the intake of animals we have in the regional system.”

scrapstransportThis increase of transports has become critical as other animal agencies in the Spokane area have begun importing cats and dogs from out of the area. “Often times, we have transports taking animals to an area where another agency has just taken animals from,” said Janet Dixon, the Development and Public Relations Manager at SCRAPS. “It means that SCRAPS has to work twice as hard just to maintain the same live release rate for our animals.”

In 2013, nearly 2,000 animals were sent to partner agencies like NOAH. NOAH, the Northwest Organization for Animal Help, is located in Stanwood, Washington and has become one of the most relied upon agencies. Thanks to them and other animal welfare organizations, SCRAPS has achieved one of the highest live release rates of any municipal agency.

scrapstransport3Other ways SCRAPS increases their live release rate includes adding more permanent off-site adoption centers such as Petco and PetSmart and holding more outreach events in the area.

To volunteer with the transport program, call Stephanie Kuritz at 477-2532. To help provide funds to the transport program, send your donation (marked “transport”) to the SCRAPS Hope Foundation.

 

 

(Source – SCRAPS Hope Foundation newsletter)

Featured Pet: Heston #3043

hestonadoptedHeston (#3043) is an adult male black and white Domestic Short Hair cat. He is very friendly and likes to say “Hi!” with head bumps to your legs and loud purrs. He was found on the EWU campus and was obviously someone’s pet at one point. Each year many people move out of dorms and homes and leave their pets behind. Now Heston is looking for a new family that can devote the next decade or more to him. He has already been neutered and has no current health issues. The adoption fee for Heston is $40, which includes micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting him, plead head to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number #3043!

Featured Pet: Blue #2810

blueadoptedBlue (#2810) is an adult, female, long-haired, Lilac Point Siamese cat. She is very sweet and loves to cuddle and sit in laps. She was found and brought in to SCRAPS but does not seem terribly afraid of new people or situations. She currently has no health problems but will need to find a family that can devote time on a regular basis to brushing and maintaining her beautiful coat. The adoption fee for Blue is $40, which includes micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting her, please head to SCRAPS and ask for her by ID number #2810!

Chewing: The Whys and Hows of Stopping a Gnawing Problem

Sooner or later every dog lover returns home to find some unexpected damage inflicted by his or her dog; or, more specifically, that dog’s teeth. Although dogs make great use of their vision and sense of smell to explore the world, one of their favorite ways to take in new information is to put their mouths to work.

Fortunately, chewing can be directed onto appropriate items so your dog isn’t destroying things you value or jeopardizing his own safety. Until he’s learned what he can and can’t chew, however, it’s your responsibility to manage the situation as much as possible, so he doesn’t have the opportunity to chew on unacceptable objects.

Why dogs chew

Puppies, like infants and toddlers, explore their world by putting objects in their mouths. And, like babies, they teethe for about 6 months, which usually creates some discomfort. Chewing not only facilitates teething, but also makes sore gums feel better.

Adult dogs may engage in destructive chewing for any number of reasons. In order to deal with the behavior, you must first determine why your dog is chewing—and remember, he’s not doing it to spite you. Possible reasons for destructive chewing include:

  • As a puppy, he wasn’t taught what to chew and what not to chew.
  • He’s bored.
  • He suffers from separation anxiety.
  • His behavior is fear-related.
  • He wants attention.

Important! You may need to consult a behavior professional for help with both separation anxiety and fear-related behaviors.

Manage the situation

Take responsibility for your own belongings. If you don’t want it in your dog’s mouth, don’t make it available. Keep clothing, shoes, books, trash, eyeglasses, and remote control devices out of your dog’s reach.

Give your dog toys that are clearly distinguishable from household goods. Don’t confuse him by offering shoes and socks as toys and then expecting him to distinguish between his shoe and yours. 

Supervise your dog until he learns the house rules. Keep him with you on his leash in the house so he can’t make a mistake out of your sight. Confine him when you’re unable to keep an eye on him. Choose a “safe place” that’s dog-proof, and provide fresh water and “safe” toys. If your dog is crate trained, you may also place him in his crate for short periods of time.

Give your dog plenty of people-time. Your dog won’t know how to behave if you don’t teach him alternatives to inappropriate behavior, and he can’t learn these when he’s in the yard by himself.

Give your dog plenty of physical and mental exercise. If your dog is bored, he’ll find something to do to amuse himself and you probably won’t like the choices he makes. On the other hand, a tired dog is a good dog, so make sure he gets lots of physical and mental activity. The amount of exercise should be based on his age, health, and breed characteristics.

If you catch your dog chewing on something he shouldn’t, interrupt the behavior with a loud noise. Offer him an acceptable chew toy instead, and praise him lavishly when he takes the toy in his mouth.

Build a toy obsession in your dog. Use his toys to feed him. At mealtimes, fill a Kong-type toy with his kibble.

If your puppy is teething, try freezing a wet washcloth for him to chew on. The cold cloth will soothe his gums. Supervise your puppy so he doesn’t chew up and swallow any pieces of the washcloth.

Make items unpleasant to your dog. Furniture and other items can be coated with a taste deterrent (such as Bitter Apple®) to make them unappealing.

Caution! Supervise your dog when you first try one of these deterrents. Some dogs will chew an object even if it’s coated with a taste deterrent. Also be aware that you must reapply some of these deterrents to maintain their effectiveness.

Offer your dog a treat in exchange for the item in his mouth. As your dog catches on to this idea, you can add the command “Give” as his cue to release the object in exchange for the yummy treat.

Don’t chase your dog if he grabs an object and runs. If you chase him, you are only giving your dog what he wants. Being chased by his human is fun! Instead call him to you or offer him a treat.

Have realistic expectations. At some point your dog will inevitably chew up something you value; this is often part of the transition to a new home. Your dog needs time to learn the house rules and you need to remember to take precautions and keep things out of his reach.

What not to do

Never discipline or punish your dog after the fact. If you discover a chewed item even minutes after he’s chewed it, you’re too late.

Animals associate punishment with what they’re doing at the time they’re being corrected. Your dog can’t reason that, “I tore up those shoes an hour ago and that’s why I’m being scolded now.” Some people believe this is what a dog is thinking because he runs and hides or because he “looks guilty.”

In reality, “guilty looks” are actually canine submissive postures that dogs show when they’re threatened. When you’re angry and upset, your dog feels threatened by your tone of voice, body postures, and/or facial expressions, so he may hide or show submissive postures. Punishment after the fact will not only fail to eliminate the undesirable behavior, but could provoke other undesirable behaviors as well.

 

(SOURCE – Humane Society of the United States of America)

Featured Pet: Saturn #2372

saturnadopted2Saturn (#2372) is an adult male orange Tabby cat with a very sweet nature and also a very large body. He was found and brought into SCRAPS and was so matted that his hair had to be shaved. He weighs in at a whopping 37.5 pounds and could do with a diet and exercise plan (vet approved) to help slim him down to a healthier size. Though he currently has no serious health issues, remaining at his extra-large weight could lead to issues in the future. He is already neutered and ready to go home as soon as his new family wants him! The adoption fee for Saturn is $40, which includes micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Saturn, please head to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number #2372.

It Was Reigning Cats and Dogs at the Annual SCRAPS Auction!

It was a night of cats, dogs, chocolate, wine, small prizes, large prizes, fun, and excitement. It was a night when people from around the area gathered together to celebrate and support SCRAPS and SCRAPS Hope Foundation. Yep, last Friday night was the annual Reigning Cats and Dogs Auction and Chocolate Festival out at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center and we were there – along with our awesome Happy Tales partners Paw Print Genetics – to enjoy the evening.

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We arrived just after doors opened at 5:30pm and wandered about, checking out custom dog houses, nibbling on pizza and cheese and waffles topped with cherries and whipped cream, perusing the items up for silent auction, and entering some raffles for cash and prizes. We also met some dogs and cats who were happy to work the crowd in search of the perfect people to take them home.

Later when the live auction started the room really got going as attendees good-naturedly worked to outbid each other on trips to New Orleans, dog house prize packs, and dinner cruises. Our own digital sales specialist won a Seahawks-themed dog house loaded with goodies, while others in our group went home with silent auction winnings and table center pieces. It was great to see so many people and businesses there to support SCRAPS and SCRAPS Hope Foundation so they can continue doing all their great work for animals and the community!

 

10 Interesting Facts About Beagles

Beagles are one of the most beloved breeds of dog around the world. Snoopy, perhaps the world’s most famous dog, is a beagle. Here are some other interesting facts about beagles.

  • Beagles were originally bred as hunters, especially rabbits, so if you have small pets around, be careful if you get a beagle. He might think he’s doing you a favor by bringing you a pet hamster.
  • Beagles come in many colors, but mostly are of the tri-color variety: black, white, and tan. They are usually born black and white and they develop their tan fur as they get older.
  • Purebred beagles should always have a white tail or a white-tipped tail. This trait was bred into them by hunters to be able to see the dogs when their heads were to the ground pursuing a scent.
  • While the current Queen Elizabeth is know for her fondness of Corgis, Queen Elizabeth I was a beagle fan. Some portraits of her even included her dogs. King James I called her “his dear little beagle”.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson had two beagles in the White House named Him and Her that he would famously (or infamously) hold up by the ears.
  • A “Beagle Brigade” was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1980s to sniff out airport luggage that contained food that could have pests that might be dangerous to crops. Their noses contain about 220 million smell receptors; humans have about 5 million.
  • Beagles are notorious overeaters. Their strong sense of smell enables them to find food no matter how carefully it’s stashed away. Get between a beagle and its food at your own risk. A regular amount of exercise is a must for beagles, or they will quickly become obese. Despite their penchant for food, they don’t drool like many other breeds.
  • Beagles were bred so their coats would repel water and not attract burrs or other plants while hunting. As a result, they are easy to groom and they don’t have a “dog smell”.
  • Because they were bred for hunting rabbits, beagles were often owned in packs to cover more ground. As a result, beagles seek out and enjoy the company of other dogs (and humans, if that’s the best they can find). For reasons undetermined, beagles tend to bond more strongly with women than men.
  • Beagles are well represented in our culture. Snoopy, from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip, is probably the best-known ambassador of the breed, but Odie, Garfield’s pal/nemesis in Jim Davis’s strip is also a beagle. Charles Darwin’s ship on his five-year nature voyage was called the HMS Beagle, an appropriate name for a seeking expedition. The beagle even appears in some of Shakespeare’s works, including Twelfth Night.

SOURCE – cesarsway.com
Read more: http://www.cesarsway.com/dogbehavior/basics/10-Interesting-Facts-About-Beagles#ixzz2zv2HWWDF

Featured Pet: Roscoe (#2406)

roscoeadoptedRoscoe (#2406) is a five year old Beagle with a sweet and affectionate personality. He was surrendered by his previous family when they couldn’t keep him anymore and is now looking for a new forever home. He is already altered and has no health problems to worry about. While he has tested well with other dogs, he is not fond of small children and would do best in a home with older kids or adults only. He is curious and loves to find and follow new smells and sounds, and will need lots of exercise as well as lots of love. The adoption fee for Roscoe is $87.04, which includes micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Roscoe, please come to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number 2406!

Featured Pet: Stella #2029

stella2adoptedStella (#2029) is a five year old Shih Tzu with a shy but affectionate personality. She was surrendered by her previous owners to SCRAPS and unfortunately came in with the need for some serious dental cleaning. Just like people, dogs need to have attention paid to their teeth or they can suffer from bad breath, gum disease, or loss of teeth. Stella is okay with other dogs, but because of her small size and timid personality play time with larger companion animals or children should be monitored. The adoption fee for Stella is $87.04, which includes micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Stella, please come to SCRAPS and ask for her by ID number 2029!

Pit Bulls: The Myths, the Legends, the Reality

Mention the words “Pit Bull,” and an intense debate will almost inevitably follow. Unscrupulous breeding by less-than-upstanding citizens, negatively sensationalized (and often false) media accounts, and longstanding myths surrounding these types of dogs have led to their vilification. Some people, in response to misperceptions about the breed, believe that all Pit Bull-type dogs are to be feared and promote banning these breeds. Pit Bull advocates, deeply dedicated to protecting dogs they know to be friendly, loyal, loving family companions, can be as tenacious as the dogs to whom they are dedicated.

The general term “Pit Bull” refers to a number of breeds and mixes, including American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs, and any dogs made up of or resembling these breeds. Pit Bulls are physically powerful, strong, agile, and energetic dogs with an unrivaled joie de vivre. They are also known for the determination they bring to any task. These traits can sometimes combine to make the Pit Bull “too much dog” for an inexperienced pet parent or a family with small children, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they can’t be loving, wonderful dogs in the right homes.

Let’s take a look at some common Pit Bull myths and the corresponding realities.

Myth: Pit Bulls have locking jaws and a higher biting power than other breeds.

Reality: There are no unique mechanisms in the jaws of Pit Bulls, and these dogs cannot lock their jaws. Additionally, in a test of biting pressure that included a German Shepherd Dog, a Rottweiler, and an American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier had the least amount of bite pressure.

Myth: Pit Bulls are vicious to people or more dangerous than other dogs.

Reality: There is no room for human aggression in a behaviorally sound Pit Bull, and the reality is that most Pit Bulls are not aggressive toward people; many are extremely sociable and adore children. A Pit Bull who passes a behavioral evaluation poses no more of a threat to people than any other large dog. The American Temperament Test (see The American Temperament Society at www.atts.org) shows that Pit Bulls consistently score above the average for all breeds tested over the years. As of December 2007, American Pit Bull Terriers had a pass rate of 84.3 percent compared to a pass rate for all breeds tested of 81.6 percent.

Myth: Adopting a Pit Bull is the same as adding any other type of dog to your family.

Reality: While behaviorally sound Pit Bulls make excellent family companions, the reality is that adopting a Pit Bull does require some special considerations:

Dog-to-dog aggression can be an issue with these dogs, and despite your best socialization efforts, a Pit Bull may become dog aggressive upon reaching maturity (roughly two years old). This will affect your ability to have other pets in your home as well as your responsibility for ensuring that your dog never has the opportunity to injure someone else’s beloved pet.

Pit Bulls face misunderstanding and prejudice from many people who do not know much about them, so adopting one requires a willingness to consider your friends’ and neighbors’ concerns and to educate them about Pit Bulls in general and your dog in particular.

Prejudice and discrimination can extend beyond individuals, and in some places can include local legislation banning Pit Bulls from the community. Be sure to check local laws before adopting and before moving with your Pit Bull. Securing homeowners’ insurance can also be more of a challenge if you live with a Pit Bull, but there are insurance companies that do not discriminate based on the breed of dog.

The reality is that, as with all breeds, there are great Pit Bulls and Pit Bulls who–due to poor breeding, handling, or socialization–are not suitable as pets. While we urge shelters and rescue groups to perform a behavioral assessment on all dogs who enter their programs, it is particularly important to be sure that this has been done with the Pit Bull you are going to adopt. While a mistake in judgment with even a small dog can have serious consequences, a similar mistake with a large, strong breed such as a Pit Bull (or Akita, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Labrador Retriever, etc.) can be deadly.

If you are prepared, know your local laws, and have decided that a Pit Bull is a good fit for your family, do consider adopting one from a shelter or rescue group who carefully evaluates their dogs.

 

(Source – Petfinder.com “The Adopted Dog Bible”)

Featured Pet: Daisy (#1792)

daisy2siteadoptedDaisy (#1792) is a six year old Chihuahua with a quiet personality who was found in the Newman Lake area and brought into SCRAPS. Unfortunately her previous owners never came to claim her so she is now looking for a new forever home! Daisy is very small and shy and it takes her a little bit to get used to new people and surroundings. She has no health problems and would be best in a family of adults and older children who won’t make too many quick movements or loud noises in her presence. Once she is used to people, however, she is very affectionate and loves to be held and cuddled. She is currently unaltered but that will be taken care of before she goes home with her new family. The adoption fee for Daisy is $87.04, which includes neutering as well as micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Daisy, please come to SCRAPS and ask for her by ID number 1792!

Featured Pet: Scout (#1548)

scoutadoptedScout (#1548) is a young hound dog mix that was found and brought in to SCRAPS. He has lots of energy and intelligence and has already mastered basic commands such as “sit.” He could learn so much more with a family that has the time and energy to teach him! He would do best with an active family that not only has time to exercise and play with him, but time to cuddle with him as well.  He is currently unaltered but that will be taken care of before he goes home with his new family. The adoption fee for Scout is $87.04, which includes neutering as well as micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Scout, please come to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number 1626!

Featured Pet: Babbers (#1489)

babbersadopted2Babbers (#1489) is a two year old Yorkshire Terrier/Chihuahua mix. She was picked up and brought into SCRAPS and her original owners never came to find her. She is shy and quiet and prefers to be held and carried as opposed to walking around on her own. She needs a home with adults or older children where she won’t be startled by loud noises and rough play. It would also be best if she was in a one pet home, or in a home with other pets like her that are timid and not into rambunctious play. She is currently unaltered but will be spayed before going home with her new family. The adoption fee for Babbers is $87.04, which includes spaying as well as micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Babbers, please come to SCRAPS and ask for her by ID number 1489!

Featured Pets: Sam (#1296) and Charlie (#1297)

samcharlieadoptedSam (#1296) and Charlie (#1297) are four month old orange Tabby kittens. They were picked-up by a concerned citizen and brought in to SCRAPS to find new homes. These little fellas are curious, playful, and affectionate, and would be great in a home with a family that can give them lots of attention while they grow up. They still need to be altered but that will be taken care of before they go home with their new family (or families) as long as the vet determines they are ready for the procedure. The adoption fee for each kitten is $62.70 and includes micro-chipping, licensing, and altering. If you are interested in adopting Sam and/or Charlie, please come to SCRAPS and ask for them by ID numbers 1296 and/or 1297!

Featured Pet: Thomas (#0691)

thomasadoptedThomas (#0691) is a senior orange Tabby cat. He was found and brought into SCRAPS where he became part of the Very Unique Best Friends Program, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Animal Welfare Project. This program helps pay for the adoption cost of special pets like Thomas. This large, fluffy boy is declawed and altered and also needs to be fed special food. While very friendly and affectionate, he would not be happy in a family with small children, dogs, or younger cats, as he needs a quiet and calm household to live in. His adoption fee is just $15, which includes micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Thomas, please come to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number 0691!

Featured Pet: Gus (#0874)

gusadoptedGus (#0874) is a two year old Australian Cattle Dog mix. He was found and brought into SCRAPS and is now looking for a new forever home. He has a lot of energy and needs a family that will spend time every day playing with him and making sure he has lots of exercise. Because of his size and his enthusiastic personality he may not be suitable for families with small children, but older children would be fine. He has no health issues but has not yet been altered. That will be taken care of before he goes home with his new family. His adoption fee is $87.04, which includes neutering as well as micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Gus, please come to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number 0874!

Featured Pet: Jake (#0568)

Pet-of-the-Week-Jake-0568-TV-1Jake (#0568) is a four year old male Tuxedo cat who was surrendered to SCRAPS. He is friendly and sweet but a little nervous in new situations so can take a little while to really show his personality. He would do best with a family of no children as loud noises and activities might upset him. Other cats might be okay, but rambunctious dogs would probably scare him. He has no health issues but has not yet been altered. That will be taken care of before he goes home with his new family. His adoption fee is $40, which includes neutering as well as micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Jake, please head to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number (#0568)!

Featured Pet: Daisy (#0542)

daisyadoptedDaisy (ID #0542) is a young Pointer mix (less than a year old) with a lot of energy and enthusiasm once she gets used to her surroundings. She was found and brought in to SCRAPS and is now awaiting a new family she can be active with as well as spend lots of time cuddling with indoors! Though she is loyal and loving she can be a handful and because of her size might not do well with younger children. She’d be great with a family of older kids though! Especially if they like to play! She has no health issues but still has some growing to do before she’s an adult. Her adoption fee is $87.04, which includes micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Daisy, please come to SCRAPS and ask for her by ID number 0542!

Featured Pet: Dan (#0552)

DadAdoptedDan (ID #0552) is an approximately nine year old male Dachshund. He was found and brought into SCRAPS and is now awaiting a new forever home. He is very sweet and affectionate but also shy in new situations and with new people. Though an older gentleman with a calm personality, he still likes to be active and go for walks and explore his surroundings. He has no current health problems though his new family should be aware that he is an older dog and may start having senior dog issues in the future. He is not aggressive but would do best in a home without children, as their exuberance will make him nervous. He won’t fight with other pets but would do best if any other animals in the home had a similar temperament to his own. His adoption fee is $87.04, which includes micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Dan, please come to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number 0552!

Featured Pet: Skip (#0440)

Skip0440adoptedSkip (ID #0440) is a six year old, neutered, Domestic Short Hair cat who was surrendered by SCRAPS when his previous owner moved into assisted living. He is very friendly and polite and likes to snuggle and nap. He is curious about his surroundings and what his family is up to, though definitely doesn’t have as much energy as a younger cat or kitten. While he doesn’t have any current health problems, he is a bit overweight and could probably handle a little bit of dieting when he makes it to his new home. His adoption fee is $40, which includes micro-chipping and licensing. If you are interested in adopting Skip, please come to SCRAPS and ask for him by ID number 0440!