The Spokane County Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is on track to have cared for an estimated 10,000 animals by 2019's end. While that's an average annual number, says Executive Director Lindsey Soffes, it includes strays, runaways and other pets in need from all corners of Spokane County. To say SCRAPS' headquarters in East Spokane goes through a lot of pet food and other supplies each day is an understatement.
Local animal lovers who want to aid these thousands cared for each year while awaiting adoption can help in a number of ways, Soffes says.
"We are so grateful for any donations, but one thing we tell the public is that all veterinary care is funded by the SCRAPS Hope Foundation, a separate nonprofit, and we encourage them to contribute directly to the care of the animals most in need by making monetary donations," she says.
SCRAPS frequently shares social media updates on injured or sick animals supported by the foundation, allowing donors to see their dollars in action and to inspire others to give.
Additionally, donations of dog food, cat food (wet and dry), cat litter and bedding or blankets for the animals are also always welcome, Soffes says. Those with some extra time can consider volunteering, such as for SCRAPS' unique "Dog Meets World" program.
"People can come and take a shelter dog out for a couple hours, to go get coffee or go for a walk, and it makes a huge difference for the animals who get to be out," she says.
Foster homes for special cases, including kittens, puppies and senior pets who've had long stays at the shelter, are also another constant need.
To donate or find out more, visit spokanecounty.org/scraps.