SCRAPS officially set to take over Spokane animal control

Author: Colleen O'Brien, Reporter / Weekend Anchor, colleeno@kxly.com
Published On: Jan 28 2013 05:22:54 PM PST   Updated On: Jan 28 2013 06:03:53 PM PST
SCRAPS new facility Harley Davidson building
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Things are moving fast for SCRAPS, which is now set to take over animal control for the city of Spokane next year.

On Monday, county commissioners and Mayor David Condon signed an order making the move official. The signing took place inside what will be SCRAPS' new facility, the old Harley Davidson building Trent, which will soon become the home for lost and stray animals.

The new facility will be double the size of the old SCRAPS facility and should be ready for 2014 when they take over regional animal control.

"This building is about 30,000 square feet, our current location we're at about 12,000 square feet," executive director Nancy Hill said.

By this time next year, Hill said the new facility will be filled with everything you'd need to run a central regional animal control center.

"An adoption center, a resource center for information on animal behavior, free training, place to volunteer, place to have fun," Hill said.

One of the biggest issues residents around the region have is getting an animal control response on evenings or weekends.

"Right now SCRAPS is not open on Sunday, we only respond to emergencies," Hill explained.

So how will SCRAPS improved upon that while adding animal control duties for the City of Spokane to its To Do List?

"We want the regional center to be very accessible to the public, so we'll be open expanded hours, seven days a week, and even a couple evening hours on the weekdays in case someone is missing their pet and cant' come until they get off work," Hill said.

Nearly doubling their staff should help in that respect.

Hill said SCRAPS' primary focus from 2014 on will be animal control and law enforcement. Spay and neutering will be handled by non-profits and veterinarians while humane education will be a joint-effort.

The new building SCRAPS is moving into represents a fresh start for Hill and improved animal welfare for all of Spokane.

"I think it will be a very accessible resource because of our expanded hours, our increased level of staff, and that it'll be one number to call if you have an issue in the community," Hill said.

In addition to expanded animal control services, SCRAPS is very excited to offer more volunteer opportunities for the community, so if you're interested you can contact SCRAPS for more information.