SCRAPS opening ushers in new plan for region's lost pets

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by BREANNA ROY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 12:17 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – On Thursday, Spokane’s plan to regionalize its animal protection services will culminate with the opening of a new 30,000 square foot facility. More than a year ago, the city of Spokane voted to start a new 20-year contract with Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.

In the past, Spokane residents who lost their pet would have to search multiple agencies for where it might have ended up.

“The problem with that was your dog didn’t know where the county line was,” SCRAPS development and public relations manager Janet Dixon said. “So you may live in the city, you may have gotten your dog in the city, but now your dog has walked across the county line and you don’t really know where to go.”

Now, only SCRAPS in its new location will house lost pets turned in by the public. It is also now the only place that handles pet licensing and the only one with animal control officers in the field.

SCRAPS opens for business in its new location at 6815 E. Trent on Thursday, June 12 at 10 a.m.

Additionally, the public is invited to the official opening celebration on Saturday, June 21 as the shelter hosts Band Together for the Animals. The event is a free, public open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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