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Fetching for a living: Sam the English springer spaniel helps customers at Otis Hardware

Otis Hardware in Otis Orchards has an employee that doesn’t appear on the payroll, but Sam the English springer spaniel is still there every day, rain or shine.

Advocates, vets say animal care services are a growing need for homeless, low income population

For many people experiencing homelessness or poverty, having a pet is a need for survival not a luxury, but finding a safe place to sleep that accepts pets, affordable veterinary …

Feature Creature: Clyde

Clyde, a brindle and white pit bull terrier, was found and brought to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. Clyde is “a great guy that is happy and playful …

Front Porch: Giving thanks for one spotted pup

When giving thanks this time of year, the big things come to mind – good health, the safety of loved ones, a happy marriage. But sometimes, it can be for …

Feature creature: L.A.

LA is a great gal with lots of energy. LA enjoys playing with toys and is food motivated. She will need an active home that keeps her engaged and provides …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

A vaccine for you, and your pooch, too

Several dozen low-income and homeless people took advantage of the WSU Colleges of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine’s free health screening and vaccination clinic on Friday.

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Months after California wildfire, pets and owners reunited

Embers falling on their heads, Venesa Rhodes and her husband had seconds to rush their two beloved cats into their SUV before a wildfire last summer would overtake them all.

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018, 5:06 p.m.

Furred and feathered friends join churchgoers at annual Blessing of the Animals

A chorus of animal voices joined the Sunday morning hymns at St. John’s Cathedral as pariotioners brought their pets to receive blessings for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Paul Lindholdt: Protect our pets from wildlife, and vice versa

Let’s keep our precious pets on leashes or indoors. If we do that, we will spare the songbirds and also spare ourselves the loss of love to the predators we …

Ask Dr. Universe: Why do cats like lasers?

“Cats like lasers because they are predators and like to chase or hunt anything that moves fast around them,” WSU veterinarian Leticia Fanucchi said.

Dr. Zorba Paster: Grief is an individual experience

Many of us forge an intense bond with pets. Intense bonds mean intense grief.

Ask Dr. Universe: Why do dogs have wet noses?

Dog noses come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and pretty much all of them are wet. Most often a wet nose is a good sign that they are healthy, …

Walking your dog? Watch out for wild animal traps

Nobody wants it to happen, and yet it does. Dogs, out on a walk with their owners, get caught in wild animal traps.

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

‘Justice for Hank’ dog-beating trial ends in guilty verdict

After nearly a year of campaigning, investigating and pleading, it appears a family’s pursuit to find “Justice for Hank” may be coming to a close.

UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

United suspends new reservations for pets in cargo hold

United Airlines is suspending its pet-shipping business after mishaps that included a dog winding up in Japan instead of Kansas.

Low-cost vet clinic at Union Gospel Mission keeps animals healthy and owners happy

Pets can help calm their owners and reduce stress. That can be key for people who are living in poverty, say volunteers who run a low-cost vet clinic out of …

Every pet isn’t a service animal, Washington Legislature says

Legislature puts limits on what can be called a service animal.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 10:06 a.m.

SpokAnimal to close East Central veterinary clinic

During difficult financial times for the nonprofit organization, SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. has announced plans to shut down its veterinary clinic in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood.

Scientists call on U.S. to allow research on pot meds for pets

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there’s little data on whether they …

Feature Creature: Tigger

Tigger is a very social dog but needs some training. He is strong and needs a strong handler to teach him proper manners. He would do best with a family …

SCRAPS opening vet clinic to speed pet adoptions

Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services is building a new veterinary clinic to treat its in-house animals with hopes of making the adoption process faster.

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 6:02 p.m.

Dozens of new guinea pigs for Nine Mile Falls family after tiny ‘casanova’ infiltrates ranks

The mystery began earlier this summer, when the Leake family of Nine Mile Falls purchased what they believed to be their twelth female guinea pig. All was quiet on the …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 7:06 a.m.

Puppy abandoned in a sealed plastic box along I-90 draws thousands of Spokane adoption inquiries

A trucker found Charlie, a 3-month-old puppy, sealed in a plastic bin near an Interstate 90 exit on Tuesday. The pup is now in the custody of SCRAPS as adoption …

MISS MANNERS: Dog owner wants ‘pet parents’ to butt out

Miss Manners advice column for Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

Coping with the loss of a pet

When our 11-year-old dog, Izzy, died a few months ago, we were so, so sad. Anyone who’s lost a pet they loved knows exactly what I mean.

Delta: Probe uncovers ‘criminal scheme’ to scam pet owners

A bogus pet-shipping website that tricks people into thinking they’re dealing with Delta Air Lines is also linked to a scam that preys on people hoping to buy dogs such …

Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days

An Italian librarian who says her English setter is her family has won the right from her employer to use family sick leave to care for her ailing pet instead …

De-skunking your dog: be prepared with a kit

Any hunting dog with gift for finding birds also has a nose for trouble. It’s in the contract you accept when pup joins your world. That’s why I’m always prepared …

Tacoma officials investigate dog deaths linked to city park

Tacoma parks officials are asking for pets to stay out of a city park while they investigate reports that three dogs died from a possible bacterial disease.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

Mo the Sloth and Kramer the Emu do time in county jail

Once the 426 humans who normally occupy cells at the Monroe County Jail were evacuated by bus to lockups in Palm Beach County, there was an opportunity to move 250 …