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Mission Statement

Working together to enrich the lives of companion animals though Support, Education, Advocacy and Love (SEAL).


The Spokane Humane Society is a 501c3 non-profit local public charity dedicated to the welfare of companion animals. Since 1897, we have acted as a refuge for animals in peril by providing care, shelter, and placement for tens of thousands of lost, neglected, and unwanted animals in the greater Spokane area. The number of animals we serve has varied over the years based upon our mission and role as animal control or in our current role as a companion animal adoption shelter. We place between 2500-3500 animals annually through our adoption program and we reach out to tens of thousands of individuals promoting the importance of animals in our lives and the need to reduce the surplus animal population through spay & neuter programs. By mandate of the Spokane Humane Society’s board of directors in January 2006, the SHS stopped euthanizing animals due to lack of space. Limited resources and available kennels made it impossible to continue to accept unlimited animals and made it necessary to work with our community partners in animal control and breed specific rescue evolving to our current day "Reservation required" shelter. This change initially reduced the number of animals we served each year but increased the number of animals being permanently placed into loving homes and improved placement rate from 52% to 79% from 2006 to 2007. As a part of this policy change, strays are referred to their appropriate animal control facility and are being transferred back based upon the needs of the animals/partner agencies and our space available. In 2008, we had a placement rate of 96%.

Since 1897, the Spokane Humane Society has extended the hand of kindness to stray and unwanted animals in the greater Spokane Area. The Society shelters and cares for companion animals, transfers stray animals from animal control when they are out of space, operates a low-income spay and neuter clinic and educates the public about humane issues and responsible pet care.



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