SPOKANE, Wash. -- Animal shelters in the Spokane area are seeing a shortage of dogs available for adoption.
On any given day, SpokAnimal has 25 dogs waiting to go to a new home but so many people keep coming in to adopt dogs that the organization cannot keep up with the demand. To keep up with demand, the organization is driving to other cities in Washington to find more dogs.
SpokAnimal has a grant to pick up pets in other parts of the state. They have gone to Tacoma, Omak and many of the dogs transferred are coming from Yakima. Staff said it is important to help people save a life while also brining a new addition to their family.
Since June 1, they have brought 320 dogs into Spokane and have sent 260 cats to other cities where cats are in more demand.
“This has been a really good program for us and after the first of the year we’ll be able to help out our partners with cats as well,” said SpokAnimal Executive Director, Gail Mackie.
SpokAnimal will need volunteers and donations in 2014 because it costs $150 to bring one pet to Spokane. It normal brings 15 to 30 animals on each trip.
Starting in January, SpokAnimal will not be responsible for animal control in the city so they will put more attention to helping pets find homes.