If ever you wanted proof of the bond that people share with dogs, you wouldn’t need to look any further than some of the inspirational rescue groups that work tirelessly to help Spokane’s dogs in need.
Spokane Humane Society is one such organization. Since 1897, the society has been helping animals in this beautiful part of the world, and today this non-profit continues to provide care and shelter to the pets that need it most. Spokane Humane Society rescues lost, neglected, and unwanted animals and then, through its pet adoption program, helps them find homes where they will get the love and happiness they deserve
SpokAnimal is another rescue group with a proud history, having served the animals of Spokane for more than 30 years. This non-profit group rescues dogs from partner agencies and shelters throughout Washington and nearby states to collect animals searching for a new home. These pets are then spayed and neutered at SpokAnimal’s veterinary clinic before being adopted out to loving homes.
Just as important is the work of Rescue4All, a non-profit, foster-home based rescue which is also located in Spokane. Based on a non-discriminatory foundation, this non-profit organization rescues all breeds of dog and relies on the hard work of volunteers and the dedication of pet foster parents. When animals suffer from cruelty or neglect, Rescue4All is there to help.
Two- and four-legged animal lovers are invited to participate in this annual two- or four-mile walk to raise money for Spokane Humane Society. Held in June at the society’s Havana Street location, Parade of Paws is a fun-packed walk designed to raise money for those animals waiting to find a forever home. As well as raising as many funds as possible, you and your canine companion can get some exercise, socialize with like-minded animal lovers, and also check out all the products and services at the bustling vendor fair.
Want to have a howling good time with your four-legged friend? Get friendly for heaps of dog-friendly Halloween fun at Barktoberfest, which takes place at SpokAnimal’s Event Center each October. You and your dog can enjoy all the cuteness of canine costume contests, products from a range of vendors, and a whole lot of other Halloween-themed activities. Entry is $10 for dogs and humans get in free, so why not get along and treat your dog?
The SCRAPS Hope Foundation is a non-profit group that helps fund the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. Each year, the Foundation hosts a family-friendly Howliween Party where you and your pet can play games, enjoy treats, and generally have a spook-tacular time. There’s a paw-riffic pet parade and prizes for the best dog and human costumes, while a pet photo booth will help you create plenty of lasting memories. This is one Halloween paw-ty you definitely don’t want to miss, so add it to your diary for the year ahead!
A free event to celebrate dogs and their people — if that doesn’t sound like a great day out, you probably can’t call yourself an animal lover. The annual Spokane Dog Festival, formerly known as Fido Fete, is jam-packed full of woof-derful activities and events to get tails wagging and people smiling. Hosted by Washington Basset Rescue, the festival features a huge range of pet product vendors, local animal shelters, and entertaining dog demos and workshops. Other highlights include pet-themed raffles and giveaways, a photo booth, food vendors, and a beer garden. All the fun takes place at the Southside Senior & Community Center, and it’s always a great day out for pets and their owners.
What have you got to be thankful for this year? If you answered “my dog”, the Thanksgiving Day Dog Walk is the perfect event for you! Held at SpokAnimal’s Dog Park at High Bridge, this festive event is a grrr-eat way for you and your four-legged friend to relax, take a leisurely stroll, and raise money for SpokAnimal. You and your pooch can enjoy a coffee and a tasty treat before heading out for a one- or two-mile walk, giving you a chance to socialize and also reflect on what you’re thankful for. All well-behaved dogs are welcome at this annual gathering, and organizers ask for a $10 donation per dog.