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.