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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.

Booktober Fest for Spokane Humane Society this weekend

Booktober Fest for Spokane Humane Society this weekend

The Spokane Humane Society is hoping you'll attend their annual fundraiser and fill your bookshelves at the same time.

All year, community members, businesses and individuals have been collecting nearly 16,000 new and gently used books, CD's, DVD's and magazines to raise funds for the animals of the Spokane Humane society.

The annual Booktober Fest book sale runs this weekend, October 4 and 5, in the Spokane Human Society big, red barn at 6607 N. Havana.

“We have something for every age,” said Associate Director Kerry Wiltzius. “It's a fun event that will raise nearly $4,000 for the animals in our care.”

Volunteers have been picking up and sorting books for weeks and are encouraging everyone to come buy some books and see the animals.

Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am – 3 pm

SCRAPS hosting adoption event for seized animals October 1

SCRAPS hosting adoption event for seized animals October 1

Animals rescued from a recent seizure in Deer Park are up for adoption at a special event Wednesday, October 1st at the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

From 2-6 pm, adults interested in adopting any of these animals as a family pet can come to the fairgrounds through the Broadway entrance.

Currently available at tomorrow's event are 60 rabbits, 14 roosters and 2 billy goats. A $25 adoption fee is requested for the rabbits, $10 for the roosters and $50 for the goats. The adoption fee helps recover the cost of care and feeding of the animals during their holding period. Donations to SCRAPS Animal Medical Fund are also greatly appreciated.

SCRAPS Animal Protection Officers executed a search warrant at 503 W. Bridges Road in unincorporated north Spokane County on September 26th and made the following observations:

Animals without water, or with algae and feces in the available water.

Animal with injuries and covered in fleas.