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STAR treatment: Adoptions and hope are up at the Spokane Humane Society

Now that the dog days of summer are over, Spokane Humane Society director Ed Boks is looking back at a phenomenal season. "Adoptions are booming," Boks said. The Shelter, PetSmart at Northpointe and Bark, a Rescue Pub, which opened in mid-August, have eclipsed expectations, particularly the latter.

PetSmart to buy, and the price fetched may be eye-popping

E-commerce is going to the dogs. Or vice versa. PetSmart, the nation’s largest pet-supplies retailer, has agreed to acquire, the market’s No. 1 online retailer. The combination of Phoenix-based PetSmart, with 1,500 stores nationwide, and Chewy, based outside Miami, will enhance both companies’ reach, the companies said Tuesday. The acquisition, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of PetSmart’s second fiscal quarter.

Is your dog’s Halloween costume sexist?

Young girls may be discarding their princess wands for superhero capes this Halloween, but not so in the canine world. The glass ceiling appears to be firmly in place at PetSmart, where career costumes labeled “male” include firefighter and police officer, while female dogs can choose between a pink cowgirl costume and pink loofah.

As SCRAPS prepares to run city animal control, others pursue joint efforts

Matthew Copeland spent Halloween morning getting to know Omar, a 7-month-old Australian Kelpie puppy who lapped at Copeland’s hands and sniffed around the spacious pen at a north Spokane PetSmart location. “He’s a good-looking dog,” Copeland said, as the black-and-tan sheepdog lifted his paw in an effort to “shake.”