There’s nothing unusual about a pooch being scared off by fireworks on the Fourth.
It is, however, a bit rare that Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service has a full house of dogs and cats in less than a week.
During the period of July 1 to July 6, SCRAPS new shelter, located at 6815 E. Trent Ave., has become packed to the rafters after 89 dogs and 145 cats came through its doors – roughly 39 animals per day.
“Even during the busy season, that’s an unbelievable amount of incoming animals for us,” said Nancy Hill, director of SCRAPS. “These pets have no identifications – no license or microchip – so we must find them homes immediately.”
Last year, during that same time period, SCRAPS took in 43 dogs and 59 cats – and that number was considered high, Hill said.
In order to move the animals out quickly, SCRAPS initiated a free adoption period that began on Tuesday and that will end on Sunday, July 13. A dog or cat can be adopted at no charge, except for the cost of the $25 and $15 one-year licenses, respectively.
“If you’ve been thinking about adopting a new dog, cat or kitten, please help us find good homes for these great pets,” Hill said, who also reminded current pet owners to microchip their animals.
“It’s the best way to guarantee they will find their way home,” she said.
SCRAPS serves the unincorporated Spokane County along with the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, Liberty Lake, Millwood and Medical Lake.
Hours at the shelter are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, call 477-2984.