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Remember to keep your pets safe as weather warms

Remember to keep your pets safe as weather warms

Spring is finally here and Summer is just around the corner, and with the onset of warm weather across the region Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service reminds us to keep our pets safe in the heat.

"Every summer, we respond to calls of animals being left in cars," says Nancy Hill, Director of SCRAPS. "Inside a car, the temperature will rapidly increase and can overwhelm a pet in a very short time period - sometimes with fatal consequences."

If you typically bring your dog or other pets along for the car ride consider leaving them home when temperatures rise. Dogs aren't able to sweat to cool themselves down so it doesn't take much for them to overheat. Cracking a window while you run into the store isn't enough to keep them healthy.

"The temperature outside doesn't have to be in the 90's or more for a problem to exist," says Hill, "On a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees, and hit a scorching 160 degree if parked in the sun."

Washington, Idaho rank in top-10 for pet ownership

Washington, Idaho rank in top-10 for pet ownership

 

Turns out the Inland Northwest is a region that is especially welcoming to our furry friends.

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently released its U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, which ranked Washington as the 6th best state for pet ownership and Idaho as the No. 8 state for pet ownership.

The study found that 62.7 percent of Washington and 62 percent of Idaho households owned a pet; the report said that Washingtonians have the fifth most cats at 39 percent of households and Idaho at 34.6 percent – good for 8th highest.

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SCRAPS wraps Empty the Shelter 2012

SCRAPS wraps Empty the Shelter 2012

 

The idea came from a children's book that advocated giving shelter dogs a break from the kennel. And for the second straight year, Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service tried to complete the daunting task of clearing the kennel before the New Year.

After December 2012 wrapped up there were only two adoptable cats and two adoptable dogs left at the facility, with 146 adoptions completed.

“We got to 98 percent of our goal,” Nancy Hill, animal protection director, said.

Hill said she got the idea for the Clear the Kennel effort when she read “A Dog Named Christmas” – a story about a boy who convinces families to take dogs out of the shelter for Christmas.

PETA offers tips for pet care in heavy snow

PETA offers tips for pet care in heavy snow

 

There are several things to consider when Mother Nature dumps a half-foot of snow on the area.

PETA sent out several tips Monday for pet owners and animal-conscious citizens, because “dogs and other animals can suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze.”

Here are some of PETA's tips:

  • Keep animals indoors. This is absolutely critical when it comes to puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, beagles, pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Doberman pinschers. Short-haired animals will also benefit from a warm sweater or a coat on walks.

Adopt these kitties!

Adopt these kitties!

Most of our awesome little "famous" foster kitties are ready for adoption.  The white kittens (all boys) you see in this picture are big enough and healthy enough for their new homes. 

I call them famous, because of their names.  My kids were in charge of naming these critters.  When new owners step forward, I suspect some of these names will change. The boys are: "Tobey" Maguire, "Rocky" Balboa and "Paw" Newman.

Momma kitty, Snooki is also ready.  She is a beautiful, friendly cat that likes lots of lovin'.

The gray and orange tabbies, both girls, just need to put on a little weight.  They'll hang out at our house for another week or so, putting on a few more ounces, then, they, too will be ready for adoption. By the way, I should mention the controversy regarding the girls' names. 

The orange one is Foxy.  Actually it's Foxy Cleopatra (from Austin Powers).  Before we knew she was a she, it was Michael J Fox.  The gray one is Katniss, named for the main character in the Hunger Games (unless you ask my daughters.. they call her Twanda.. from Fried Green Tomatoes).

Foster kitties; growing and almost ready for homes

Foster kitties; growing and almost ready for homes

My daughters and I picked up a very pregnant cat from SpokAnimal on June 29th (my oldest named her Snooki).  SpokAnimal needed a foster family to care for Snooki and her babies until they were ready for adoption.

The next morning (Hoopfest Saturday) Snooki had 5 kittens.  Weeks later, those babies are thriving, playful, and adorable!

Lisa, who's in charge of the foster cat program checked out momma and kitties last week.  She thinks Snooki will stop nursing very soon.  When that happens, we'll take her back to SpokAnimal where she'll be spayed and ready to be adopted.  Snooki, by the way, loves to be around people.  She is really friendly and chatty.

Another couple of weeks and her kittens will be ready for adoption.  Any and all will make great pets!

Now is the time to adopt a cat!

Now is the time to adopt a cat!

If you're in the market for a cat, boy have we got a deal for you! The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has more than 50 cats and kittens in need of a home.

To help ease the overcrowding, SCRAPS is waiving the cat adoption fee today and tomorrow.  Those fees normally range between $40 and $62, so this is quite a savings. The cats are already spayed or neutered.  You only pay the $15 pet license fee. 

You can find these adorable kitties at the Spokane Valley Petco through Saturday evening. For more information, check out the SCRAPS website.  If you're not a cat person, they also have some pretty cute dogs!