Ask SCRAPS! (FAQs)
Adoptions / Impounded animals / Relinquishing your pet / Licensing /
Low-cost veterinary services / Miscellaneous
How much are the animals and what does that price include?
Cats are $62.70.
Dogs are $87.04.
Adoption prices include sterilization, a rabies voucher, distemper vaccinations, a veterinary exam, a pet license and a microchip implant.
How do you tell if an animal is housebroken?
If an animal’s cage appears clean, most likely it is housebroken.
What vaccinations are the animals given?
Dogs are given Duramune Max 5 - a distemper combination vaccine, and Bordetella Vaccine for kennel cough prevention.
Cats are given Fel-O-Guard Plus 3 - Feline Rhinotracheitis-calici-panleukopenia Vaccine.
Veterinarians will suggest boosters on younger animals, if history is known animals may need a yearly booster. SCRAPS does not give rabies vaccinations; however, a voucher is included in the adoption packet. Please consult a veterinarian when a rabies vaccine should be given.
Are training classes offered?
Free basic dog obedience classes are offered the 1st, 3rd and 4th Saturday of each month. Please call SCRAPS in advance to sign up for the class which begins at 11:00 a.m.
Does the dog like kids/cats?
Our dog trainers and volunteers perform a two-part evaluation to determine a snap shot of the dog’s temperament. For a family with children, we highly recommend bringing the whole family to choose a new pet. We use a couple of shelter house cats as an indicator on how a dog might react to cats.
What is the “Safer” test?
The “Safer” test was developed as an aggression assessment that could identify safe, adoptable dogs. Once tested, dogs in the shelter can be identified to go into a placement program, ones that will benefit from behavior modification, and ones that will need careful management if placed at all.
How long do you hold dogs and cats?
We are required by ordinance to hold stray dogs for 3 business days if they have no identification and 5 business days when the dog has identification. The total length of time at SCRAPS is determined by the space available and temperament/health of the animal.
There is no legal requirement to hold cats without identification. Cats with identification are held for 5 business days.
What happens when you have no more space for the animals?
Animals can be adopted by the public or transferred to another shelter which may offer more time and/or training. Due to lack of space and animals’ temperament/health, animals may be euthanized. This is done by an injection. This method has been deemed the most humane, least stressful, safest, and most professional choice by The HSUS, the American Veterinary Medical Association, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Humane Association, and the National Animal Control Association.
Relinquishing your pet
Can I relinquish my pet to the animal shelter?
You can relinquish your pet at SCRAPS if you live in unincorporated Spokane County or the Cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood, and Cheney. There is a release fee for taking owner-surrendered animals. SCRAPS cannot promise adoption if the animal passes the temperament evaluation.
If you live in the City of Spokane, you may choose to make an appointment to bring your animal into the Spokane Humane Society by calling first at (509) 467-5235.
Do I have to license my indoor cats?
Yes, all cats and dogs must be licensed according to Spokane County Ordinance.
Low-cost veterinary services
Where can I find low-cost veterinary services?
For low-cost spay and neuter services and low-cost vaccination clinics please contact Pet Savers at (509) 924-7826.
The Spokane Humane Society's Beulah Morgan Spay and Neuter Clinic provides spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and microchipping for the pets of low-income families. Surgeries are by appointment, and can be made by calling (509) 467-6463.
SpokAnimal also has a low-cost spay and neuter clinic and can be reached at (509) 534-8133.
Does SCRAPS handle wildlife such as skunks or raccoons?
No, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is whom you should contact regarding wildlife. They can be reached at (509) 892-1001.