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Hundreds of visitors and their animals gathered at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center Sunday, some for a holiday photo with Santa, and others to adopt a new pet for the annual Santa Claws fundraiser.
The dogs gathered in packs and small groups, tails wagging, as they romped and played as part of dog play group training offered by Dogs Playing for Life at the Spokane Humane Society last week.
Millie Reddig, a 71-year-old Boise woman, has learned how to trap feral cats to ensure they’re spayed or neutered. She paints portraits of cats — her cats, other people’s cats, cats for local pet adoption fundraisers, and yes, even dogs. And then there’s her car: a 1993 Toyota Camry she’s painted and dubbed the Catmobile.
A firefighter cradled the wet, shivering bundle close to his chest as he approached Lisa McCarthy. Theodore, a small brown Chihuahua, had just been rescued from McCarthy’s still smoldering home in northwest Spokane Tuesday evening. McCarthy took the dog and hugged him close. “We thought he was out,” she said.
It started five years ago as a good way to sell a lot of pumpkins. Robin and Eldon Jons of AC Starr Farms, 4603 N. Starr Road, decided to throw a harvest festival. Robin Jons said the couple don’t have kids, but they have pets, all of them rescue animals. The first cat they brought home, Junior, who died last year, was found at Partners for Pets, so they decided to make the the festival a fundraiser for that organization and added River City Pet Rescue in Post Falls, because many of their customers come from Idaho.
A reunion between a former soldier and his two long-lost friends – beagles named Bullet and Trigger – was not short on slobbery kisses, wagging tails and treats Thursday. Since they parted in 2004, Raymond Behrens, 24, served as a Navy Seabee in Japan, Iraq and twice in Afghanistan. When he enlisted, he begrudgingly gave up the two dogs, which he got when he was 16.
Members of Pampered Parrots Avian Rescue strive to adhere to earth-friendly practices – they recycle newspapers, limit their water use, and avoid harsh chemicals by cleaning with baking soda, vinegar and grapefruit seed extract. They do this for the Earth, but also for the sake of their feathered friends.