Animal Shelters

  • An estimated 77,000 homeless cats roam Spokane County every day.  
  • Local animal shelters process more than 10,000 animals each year.   Many of these rescued animals were injured or lost by either accident or intention.  SCRAPS focuses on finding homes for the animals it rescues, helped by more than 800 volunteers.  ("Dog's rescue, recovery define SCRAPS," The Spokesman-Review, January 30, 2016) 

  • Over 1,000 cats and dogs were euthanized at SCRAPS in 2012.  SCRAPS only euthanizes animals if the animal is so sick or injured that recovery is unlikely or if the animal is hyper-aggressive.  The shelter's no-kill rate is 92%.  ("Dog's rescue, recovery define SCRAPS," The Spokesman-Review, January 30, 2016) 
  • Less than half of the dogs and cats in the City of Spokane are licensed.  
  • SCRAPS provides animal control in the city of Spokane.  They handled close to 5,000 cats in 2007, and only 2 to 3% were claimed by their owners.  At SCRAPS, cats with any pet tag are only held for 5 days.  

What You Can Do
  • Donate supplies to animal shelters such as pet food, toys, supplies, cat litter, and newspaper to line cages.   
  • Help feed, water, groom, walk and play with the animals in a shelter.  
  • Acquire an emergency bag for your pet.  Area animal shelters have a supply of disaster bags, provided by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  These bags are waterproof and contain a checklist of items needed for your pets in a disaster.  There is also a brochure in the bags that gives you information on how to be prepared in an emergency to take care of your pets.  
  • Finding a pet.  Consider adopting your next pet from one of the many abandoned and orphaned animals in Spokane’s animal shelters.   These animals are licensed, spayed or neutered, and given a free vet check.  Owners are also given instructions and advice.  Acquiring a pet through adoption helps prevent abuse and cuts down on the community’s strays
  • Photograph adoptable pets and share the pictures with the public. 

  • Consider passing legislation that requires pet stores to sell dogs and cats from shelters and rescue groups only.  More than 100 cities and counties in the U.S. have passed similar laws, which are meant to help more rescued pets find homes. Each year, shelters across the U.S. take in more than 7 million dogs and cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). About 2.6 million of those animals don’t get adopted and are put to sleep.

    “There are so many animals that are available for adoption in our animal shelters that need loving homes,” says Katy Tang, the lawmaker who sponsored San Francisco’s new law.

    The reason for the ruling is that most dogs and cats seen in pet-shop windows come from breeders who sell them to the stores. Many breeders take good care of their animals. But some breeders run what are known as puppy and kitten mills, where they raise hundreds of animals at a time in cramped, dirty spaces. The animals often go without enough food or water, or proper medical treatment.  Tang says San Francisco’s new law is meant to send a message to any breeders who treat animals cruelly.  “You’re not welcome here if you are engaged in the practice of churning out animals for profit,” she says.  (Scholastic News Edition 5/6, March 27, 2017)