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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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!

 

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 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!

The Importance of Having Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

Did you know an unspayed female cat and her mate can produce 2.5 litters per year? Over ten years, that’s over 11,000,000 cats!

Ever summer, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is inundated with cats. As many as seven litters, with a litter being 3 – 5 kittens each, can come through our doors in just one day. We urge cat owners to get their pets spayed or neutered now and help avoid the population explosion later.

Despite popular myth, altering your pet does not cause them to become lethargic, fat or change their personality. In fact, spaying and neutering has life-long health benefits for your pet – and you get a better behaved furry friend.

Your female cat will live a longer, healthier life with reduced risk of cancer.
• Your male cat won’t want to roam away from home.
• Finding those adorable kittens new homes isn’t as easy as you think.
• Your neutered male will be less prone to biting/fighting and more affectionate.

The stray and homeless animals that arrive here at SCRAPS are not the offspring of “street” animals—these are the kittens of cherished family pets and even purebreds. Help us reduce the number of homeless and unwanted animals in Spokane. Spay or neuter your pet – It’s the only cure for Spring Fever!

 

Source – SCRAPS Hope Foundation