Spokane Humane Society awarded grant, treats shelter animals

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Humane Society has been awarded a grant that will help provide food and medical supplies to care for local animals. 

The grant was awarded by American Humane, a Washington D.C.-based foundation. The “Feed the Hungry” fund was launched in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, with the goal of providing relief to animal shelters nationwide. 

In a release, the Spokane Humane Society said the majority of funds will go toward the rising cost of medical supplies. 

“We are seeing similar shortages of anesthetics and PPE supplies as in human health care,” said Lead Veterinarian Logan Belleque at the shelter’s spay/neuter clinic. “We are appropriately rationing supplies in order to last through this crisis. We have had to order an alternate anesthetic, which costs seven times more than our standard protocol.” 

A portion of the funds will also go toward making sure the shelter’s Pet Food Bank stays well stocked. 

In celebration of the award, the shelter used a small portion of the money to treat the animals. Thanks to an additional discount from Yoke’s grocery store in Liberty Lake, shelter operators were able to buy marrow bones and catnip for the animals at the shelter. 

“Since community interaction with our furry friends has been limited, we’re excited that American Humane’s support has made it possible to provide them with something special to fill kennel time,” said Terena Thi, interim executive director of the Spokane Humane Society.

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