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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!


Kitty Sitting: They Are On The Move

Kitty Sitting:  They Are On The Move

Within the last couple of days, our SpokAnimal foster kittens have started opening their eyes and went from dragging themselves around, to getting their legs under them. The five kittes, who were born at our house the Saturday morning of Hoopfest, are slowly, but surely beginning to walk. They don't, however, like to be too far away from their momma (who we've named Snooki).

Snooki is a protective mom, but, she allows us to love on the babies. In a week or so, we'll take both mom and kitties to be checked out by the veterinarian at Spokanimal. They'll get the appropriate shots and we'll get an idea of when they'll be ready for adoption.

If you're looking for kittens, these five are as sweet and cute as they come and Snooki would be a great addition if you'd like an older cat.  She loves affection and attention. More updates to come.

Foster Kitty Update

Foster Kitty Update

Our foster cat "Snookie" and her kittens are doing great.  The kitties look less like tiny aliens and more like kittens each day.  They are now 7 days old.  We'll have them 3 more weeks before they get checked out at SpokAnimal by the vet.  From there she'll assess how they're doing and determine when they'll be ready for adoption.  (Snookie will need a home, too.)