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Whitworth students agree: Airway Heights prison’s dog training program is a net positive for all involved

Whitworth University junior Hannah Stafford had never met a prison inmate before. Especially not one whose job it is to train and rehabilitate rescue dogs inside the high, razor sharp …


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 3:39 p.m.

Canine connections: Spokane Humane Society’s Dogs Playing for Life program lets shelter dogs socialize, blow off steam

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 …


3 dogs lighter, maybe chilly, after losing 13 pounds of fur

Three Shih Tzus are a bit surprised but in good spirits after the Spokane Humane Society removed a combined 13 pounds of matted fur from the dogs earlier this week.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

Giving Tuesday: Spokane nonprofits look online for donors after post-Thanksgiving consumer holidays

Now in its seventh year, Giving Tuesday is a national response to the post-Thanksgiving commercial spending holidays that urges donors to consider charitable gifts. This year, several Spokane nonprofits will …


Local shelters say black-cat superstitions don’t affect adoptions

While black cats once may have been a source of fear and superstition, local animal shelters say they are just as likely to be adopted as any other animal.


Looking for a joust? Renaissance Faire returns with faux fox hunt benefit for Spokane Humane Society

Among the jousting and the cannons and the costumes at the annual Spokane Renaissance Faire this weekend will be a unique fundraiser for the Spokane Humane Society that features riders …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wolfhound, likely rabid, escapes movie studio and bites children, kills puppies

A large gray wolfhound belonging to movie actor William Cooper escaped from the Washington Motion Picture Corp. studios at Minnehaha Park. The actor put a “lost dog” ad in the …


Inmates are training dogs at Airway Heights prison and helping themselves along the way

Dog training program at Airway Heights Corrections Center brings positive changes for inmates and shelter dogs.


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Fuel stolen from Spokane Humane Society

The Spokane Humane Society was targeted early Thursday morning by a gasoline thief, who siphoned fuel out of two vehicles used to transport animals.


100 years ago in Spokane: Humane Society rounds up scraps; plans unveiled for new movie studio

Spokane’s dogs had a Christmas request for downtown diners: “Please order chicken or turkey and please do not pick the bones too clean.” That was the whimsical message supposedly signed …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Parvovirus scare averted, Humane Society pups get a good scrubbing

Giving 70 dogs a bath in one day is a surprisingly straightforward operation.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

Texas pups arrive at the Spokane shelters as donations for hurricane relief head south

The cuteness level went into overdrive Saturday at the Spokane Humane Society as more than 40 dogs arrived from Texas to find their new forever homes.


Local groups lend a hand to animal shelters overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey

Local animal shelters prepare to take in animals from shelters in Texas and Louisiana, which are overwhelmed with rescuing pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey.


Rescue cats among those at Spokane cat show this weekend

When the “On Safari 2016” cat show hosted by the Evergreen Cat Fanciers kicks off Friday at the downtown DoubleTree Hotel, there will be some rescue cats showing up on …


Front & Center: Dave Richardson found a good home at Spokane Humane Society

Since taking the reins 10 years ago, Dave Richardson has stabilized the Spokane Humane Society’s finances, increased the animal save rate to 98 percent, and eliminated euthanasia as a means …


Spokane Humane Society seeks mower thief

A thief stole a mower belonging to a Spokane Humane Society employee early Monday morning. The organization installed a security camera after three break-ins this year, said Dave Richardson, the …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Joe Rudersdorf, Spokane’s dogcatcher and “humane society” officer, announced a plan to prevent the abuse of horses by wagon drivers going up the South …


Spotlight: IRT holds reading of Caisley’s ‘Happy’

Idaho Repertory Theatre in Moscow is hosting a reading of Robert Caisley’s play “Happy” on June 27. Caisley, who lives in Moscow, has seen his play become a finalist for …


Spokane Humane Society aiding dozens of dogs rescued from property

Spokane Humane Society staff members hope some of the more than two dozen dogs rescued from squalid conditions in rural Stevens County earlier this month will be ready to adopt …


Dogs rescued from ‘wretched’ conditions in Stevens County

Stevens County authorities in northeast Washington say deputies found more than a dozen dogs dead and about three dozen others living in wretched conditions at a property in Ford.


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 …


Booktober to benefit Humane Society animals

The Spokane Humane Society is hosting Booktober Fest – a used book sale to help raise money for dog food and cat litter – on Oct. 5 from 8 a.m.-4 …


Gains over five years have cut sharply the use of euthanasia

Spokane animal shelters are nearing a long-sought goal of not killing healthy cats or dogs, in large measure by increasing pet sterilizations in recent years. The “live release rate” in …


Spokane shelters get $10,000 grant to find a few good owners

Four local animal groups are teaming up with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to host a mega-adoption event this week to give hundreds of animals …


St. Patrick’s Parade includes shelter pups, bagpipes, green horse

St. Patrick’s Day even brings out the Irish in animals. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Spokane on Saturday included the usual civic groups, bagpipe and drum groups, politicians, …


Program helps at-risk teens and shelter dogs

Seirra Howard’s future may be brighter thanks to a heeler mix named Diesel. Classified as an at-risk youth following a 2009 arrest, 18-year-old Howard came to know and train Diesel …


Education Notebook: Collection helps Humane Society

Students at Mountainside Middle School in the Mead School District will help fill the shelves at the Spokane Humane Society and keep dogs and cats fed during the winter months. …


Stray cat finds friend near Gonzaga

Don Winant said he’s not an animal rights activist, but when a personable little tuxedo cat showed up at his door about a month ago he did exactly what “they” …


Puppy abandoned in trash bin

A 6-week-old Dalmatian puppy found abandoned in a trash bin is now in foster care.


Cat spay/neuter offered for $15

SPOKANE – The Spokane Humane Society, Pet Savers and SpokAnimal have joined for SCAT, a one day Cat Spay/Neuter event, on Saturday. Adult cats and kittens 8 weeks and older …