Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month Shelter Feature


I’m wondering, now that it’s Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month, what is it that makes your local shelter different than all the others? What is it that they need the most? What kinds of animals are coming into the shelters, and why are there so many?

I know I’ve already asked that you contact your local shelter and find out more about them, but I’m betting that some of us won’t actually do that. So I’d like to put out an invitation to the shelters themselves, to people who work in the shelters and happen to also be Itchmo readers. Tell us a little about yourself. Why should we come to you? What is special about you and your volunteers? Where are you located? What needs do you have that are not currently being filled? How can we help?

You can, of course, answer this question in the comments, or you can send me an email directly (, and I’ll do my best to feature some of your answers here on the Itchmo website during the month of October.

In the meantime, I’ll link you to my local shelters in Spokane, Washington, from which we adopted our very-much-adored Sadie (pictured above), a border-collie mix we found at Spokanimal CARE. I’ll also link our other fabulous local shelters, because they all do good work, and they all deserve come recognition and kudos.

Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service | Spokane Humane Society | Partners for Pets

6 Responses to “Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month Shelter Feature”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful Sadie!!! She looks like an Aussie also. Love her look!

  2. catmom5 says:

    I’m assuming we can be honest here as long as we don’t name names. Well, the humane society where I live has a nice facility, looks good on the outside, does some spay/neuter, education, etc but the CEO is a jerk! He is all about schmoozing and looking good while the volunteers and some of the employees actually run the shelter. They TALK about wanting to reduce the number of euthanasias, but there isn’t a whole lot that they do to make it happen. I have the luxury to put a DO NOT PUT TO SLEEP on animals I take in because I have volunteered and donated a lot of time and money to them.
    I must admit that it has come a long way since the days when the employees could walk through the shelter and pull a certain kind of animal because “there are already too many black and white cats”. However, they still kill way too many animals often for space. When we get a board of directors or employees who really want to make a difference, the CEO either fires them or makes life so miserable that they leave. This spring he was put on a one week leave of absence but the board members who tried to get him out ended up quitting. So, for all the caring and concerned people who really believe we can save more animals, we could save a lot more if we had a director who was willing to make the necessary changes. Attitudes make all the difference in the world.
    I no longer volunteer there because of a beautiful little chocolate and white long haired kitten I tried to foster 2 years ago. At only 7 months they deemed her “unadoptable” because she was skittish and shy. Even with the huge fuss I made, they were unwilling to let me foster her. Basically I was told that they had made a decision and I was not to question that! Don’t know why they were hell bent on killing her right then, why they couldn’t have give me time to socialize her, but that was the last straw for me!

  3. kaefamily says:

    Could those genuinely caring employees and volunteers of the shelter stage a walk-out or picket the place?

  4. catmom5 says:

    Most of them have just gone elsewhere. It’s so very discouraging, but other rescues and shelters have benefitted from their compassion and involvement.

  5. Elaine Vigneault says:

    The Humane Society in Las Vegas tries very hard to get to know the dogs well before they adopt them out. Therefor, they can often tell prospective owners about the dogs’ temperament or abilities. They also train some of the dogs before adopting them out.

    The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas offers free training with adoptions. They are a huge facility and filter thousands of animals. The dog kennels were specially designed to be environmentally friendly ( ).

  6. Jenny Bark says:

    Catmom5, I am so sorry this happen to you. I don’t know you but yet I really do from all your posts for so many months. You are such a kind, careing, loving person & also a very wise women. All volunteers are such great people giving all they can & more just because they have so much love in them & want to make a difference. Sadly it’s the volunteers & the lower paid employees & the people or animals that get hurt the most. The thread on King County Shelters same thing only worse. A couple great employers & lots of great volunteers and all they where ever told was no (toy, blankets, walking, even cleaning cages, etc.). The top has all the say so yet doesn’t do much work.

    I don’t want to offend you, I don’t know for sure you religon, but please let me tell you what I believe. My God knows you and what all you have done. He brought you and that beautiful Kitty into this world He will not take people’s free will away but he will bless you in the end. I know the pain in your heart may ease a tiny bit but it will never go away and it hurts. But someday all pain will go away and be replaced with such a great love that it is impossible to comperhend. You and that beautiful Kitty will be together again circled by love and all pain will be taken away. Count on it.

    I hope i didn’t offend you by anything i said. I just hate to see people or animals hurting for doing what is right. Good night & God’s peace & blessings to you & yours.

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