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Holiday Hazards for Pets

scraps logoIt’s the most wonderful time of the year until your pet becomes sick and you have to rush to a veterinarian. Before you deck the halls, make sure your home is safe for your four-legged friends.

“Things that make the holidays a great time of year – cookies, presents and a house full of company – can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends,” according to Nancy Hill, the Regional Director of SCRAPS. “We advise pet owners to take a minute and make sure their house is pet-friendly.”

Here are a few items that can be particularly harmful this time of year:

Holiday Lighting and Candles
Got a pet that likes to chew? Electrical shock may occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. Consider using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them in a hard-to-reach spot so that your pets can not access them.

Gift Wrap Ribbon
You may be tempted to fashion your pet with a decorative ribbon “collar” but beware that this could become a choking hazard.

Food Hazards
Festive events often mean edible treats — and lots of them. Unfortunately, some of the most popular holiday goodies, such as chocolate, turkey bones and nuts, can be extremely toxic or fatal to pets. Artificial sweeteners are also toxic so make sure your furry friends don’t taste your holiday baked-goods.

If you’d like to make pet-friendly treats, log onto the SCRAPS website at www.spokanecounty.org/SCRAPS. They have recipes that are good and good for them.

Toxic Holiday Plants
They may be pretty, but some holiday plants are poisonous—even deadly. These include: Christmas tree pine needles, Holly, Mistletoe, and Poinsettias.

licensegiftscrapsMost importantly, make sure your pet has a license and microchip. With a house full of guests, you never know when they may become frightened and run away. The holidays won’t be very merry if you’ve lost your best friend.


SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, December 18th, 2014

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

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

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

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.

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


SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, 9/18/2014

Take a Walk in the Park for SCRAPS Hope Foundation!

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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)

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.



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

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)!

Don’t Forget Your Pets When the Weather Gets Cold!


The temperature is expected to drop into the single digits in the next few days and SCRAPS wants to remind everyone that leaving your pets outside in severe weather may put you in the dog house!

Every winter, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) checks on the condition of countless animals in our community to make sure that they have appropriate shelter and care. “Despite their fur, dogs can suffer from the cold just like humans,” said Nancy Hill, Director of SCRAPS. “A good rule to follow is if the temperature is twenty degrees or less, your dog should spend only a limited time outside.” That means just a short trip to the bathroom and then back in the house to warm up.

A cat should not be outside at all in temperatures less than twenty degrees since cats are not made for temperatures that cold.

Even when temperatures are above twenty degrees, it is very important for animals that are outside to always have shelter.

To help keep dogs safe and warm, SCRAPS is holding our annual Dog House Drive.

The community is asked to donate gently used and new dog houses that we can distribute to animals in need. It is a great way to give back to the community and put a no longer needed shelter to good use.

You can pick up a dog house free of charge at SCRAPS.

“It is also important for animals to have fresh, potable water available at all times,” said Nancy Hill, President of the SCRAPS Hope Foundation. “For dogs that are outside for part of the day, pet stores sell heated water bowls which work well in our winter climate.”


(Source – SCRAPS Hope Foundation)

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!