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Spokane Humane Society asks for more volunteers in 2015

Spokane Humane Society asks for more volunteers in 2015

According to the Spokane Humane Society, welcoming a New Year offers a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of shelter animals. Because of that, the humane society is asking people who have considered volunteering to make the shelter part of their New Year's resolutions.

 

“Volunteering at our shelter is a great way to help animals” said Dave Richardson, Executive Director, “Whether you walk dogs, cuddle kittens, file papers, fund raise, clean or play with the cats, you can make a huge difference in the lives of our animals.”

 

The Spokane Humane Society said by giving their time, volunteers can help care for the shelter's animal until they can find good homes, which will allow for more animals to be helped throughout the year.

 

By volunteering, you can help us care for our animals until they can find good homes and  allow us to care for even more animals in 2015. “Clearly, volunteers make a huge difference in the success of our shelter,” Richardson said.

 

Mt. Spokane crews find an unusual surprise near top of mountain on Monday

Mt. Spokane crews find an unusual surprise near top of mountain on Monday

When skiers take to Mt. Spokane, there are a few things they don't necessarily expect to see at the top of the mountain; usually it's safe to say kittens are somewhere on that list. Recently, however, a kitten is exactly what some skiers found.

 

According to Kristin Whitaker, Marketing and Mountain Services Manager, The Mt. Spokane liftie crew found a kitten near the top of the mountain on Monday.

 

“We hear he was chasing skiers and having a good ole time,” she said.

 

As much fun as the kitten may have been having, the amusement certainly would have come to an end due to the cold weather. Whitaker said one of the crew members, Liftie Liz, rescued the kitten from the cold by bringing him down the mountain to the liftie office, and ultimately decided to adopt him.

 

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to 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," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

SCRAPS Howliday Open House and Clothes for a Cause fundraiser

SCRAPS Howliday Open House and Clothes for a Cause fundraiser

SCRAPS will host its annual Happy Howl-i-day Party and open house on Saturday, December 13, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at their regional facility at 6815 E. Trent in Spokane Valley. 

Everyone is invited, and those in attendance will be treated to cookies, cocoa, and a tour of the kennels and cages. SCRAPS will also have information about making treats for pets, safety information for the holidays, and special gift bags for pets will also be available. 

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

SCRAPS says this “trash” will be turned into treasures like dog beds, pencils, and playground flooring. Donations will be accepted from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

Spokane Humane Society under voluntary quarantine

Spokane Humane Society under voluntary quarantine

The Spokane Human Society is placing itself under a voluntary, 14-day quarantine after receiving two animals infected with deadly and highly contagious diseases at the shelter.

The quarantine began immediately after a 1-year-old dog tested positive for Parvovirus and a 5-month-old kitten tested positive for Feline Distemper. Both are highly contagious viral diseases and are potentially life-threatening to their hosts.

“The closure will allow our cats and dogs to be properly observed,” said Executive Director Dave Richardson. “Our first priority is the health and well-being of the animals in our care at the shelter. Taking this measure will help reduce the chance of spreading the disease. We ask for the public's patience and understanding.”

GoFundMe account to equip K9 Laslo with bulletproof vest

GoFundMe account to equip K9 Laslo with bulletproof vest

A bullet proof vest is a key piece of safety equipment for any two-legged law enforcement officer, but unfortunately it can be hard to find room in the budget to outfit the four-legged ones.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public to please donate a few extra dollars and cover the cost of a bulletproof best for K9 Laslo.

Carla Blazek from K9 Support NW has set up a GoFundMe account to raise the necessary $3,500. A similar fund done earlier this year helped outfit K9 Deacon with the Sheriff's office, and Laslo is already well on his way with $635 raised in just the last two days. You can make a donation here.

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Roller derby fundraiser for Spokane Humane Society

Roller derby fundraiser for Spokane Humane Society

Roller Derby is one of the toughest sports out there, and one local team is joining up with the Spokane Humane Society to help homeless pets in need.

The “Who Let the Belles Out” bout will feature Inland EmPower's Brass Belles in their first home game since the founding of their league last year.

“We are a very community-minded league, committed to making Spokane a better place,” said league president Jen Mayernik. “We wanted to have our premier home bout to be something spectacular that also helped a non-profit in the region and we love helping our furry friends in need.”

A portion of the ticket sales for this event will be donated to the Spokane Humane Society to help them continue to care for the thousands of homeless pets they see each year. The bout will also feature a dog parade and fun animal-themed games and trivia for the audience.

The adults aren't the only ones having fun either. Junior derby team Cherry Bomb Brawlers are also getting in on the action, making this event a double header.