SPOKANE HUMANE SOCIETY

Adopted is our favorite breed.

Spokane, WA   |  www.spokanehumanesociety.org

Mission

Working together to enrich the lives of companion animals through support, education, advocacy and love.

Notes from the nonprofit

Since 1897, we have acted as a refuge for animals in peril by providing care, shelter, and placement for tens of thousands of lost, neglected, and unwanted animals in the greater Spokane area. Throughout the years we have served many functions and now focus on the care and placement of companion animals.
For decades, we have battle overcrowding and we are forced to make life and death decisions based upon available kennel space. By mandate of the Spokane Humane Society’s Board of Directors in January 2006, the SHS stopped euthanizing animals due to lack of space. Since then we have reached our goals of not euthanizing healthy, adoptable and treatable animals and have all but eliminated shelter overcrowding. We continue to improve overall animal health and have sustained a live release rate of more than 95% since 2008.

Ruling year info

1941

Executive Director

Edward Boks

Main address

PO Box 6247 6607 N Havana Street

Spokane, WA 99217 USA

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EIN

91-0565011

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Spokane Humane Society seeks to find secure homes for displaced domestic animals and is working to develop solutions to help our local community overcome key reasons pets are surrendered.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption Services

The shelter is open 7 days a week – Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Prospective families are encouraged to spend time at the shelter with our pets before adoption to see if they are truly a good match. Our shelter provides a safe haven to animals with no time limits until they are placed into a permanent, loving home. We also partner with Petsmart Charities and operate an Everyday Adoption Center at one of their retail locations.

Population(s) Served

All animals adopted at our shelter are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinated before they are placed with their forever family. Our clinic provides low income pet owners access to affordable vaccinations, micro-chipping and spaying or neutering. When your four-legged family member has reached life’s end, we offer humane euthanasia and cremation services.

Population(s) Served

We work in conjunction with local businesses to host hundreds of off site educational and adoption events to find homes and further ensure the adoptions of our animals.By attending community events, we increase the community awareness of our programs and services and educate the public on the need to spay and neuter.

Population(s) Served

We distribute more than 35,000 pounds of donated pet food into the community annually providing food and supplies to needy families for their pets.

Population(s) Served

Volunteers focus on the general care of the animals, including feeding, exercising, socializing, grooming and training. Each year, our staff and volunteers conduct over 100 adoption outreach events. More than 600 active volunteers log in over 25,000 volunteers hours annually. We could not provide the quality of care to our animals that we do without the time and commitment of our volunteers

Our volunteer foster families program provides temporary homes and care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies, reduce overcrowding and provide rehabilitation for animals in need of extended care.

Population(s) Served

We are working to reduce the number of unwanted animals through aggressive low-income spay & neuter programs and through partnerships with city and county funded animal control facilities. We are transferring in their animals that are "out of time” reducing the number of healthy adoptable animals being euthanized in our community. Ending the euthanasia of adoptable animals is a goal that all animal welfare organizations share.

We strive to create a humane community where animals are treated with compassion and increase awareness of the importance of animals in our lives. By pursuing more humane public policies, we speak up for the voiceless animals. We continually monitor animal welfare legislation to help maintain and improve state and local laws and ordinances.

Population(s) Served

Our staff and volunteers provide age-specific educational programs focusing on pet-related safety issues. We teach respect and responsible pet ownership, educating the public on the need to reduce pet overpopulation with spay and neutering.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Save Rate - Based on Asilomer Score

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Asilomer score is the standard way to count the dogs and cats who enter the shelter and find new homes.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our current goal is to convert an unused barn into a climate-controlled facility. This space will allow us to initiate a behavioral training program for dogs that lack the etiquette to be desirable pets.

Community support is vital to achieving our goal. Our strategy has been to partner with local philanthropic groups to make the project financially feasible. We have successfully secured a major donor, and a renovation/remodel team to assist with the project. To help secure additional funding we are initiating social media outreach and developing printed materials to obtain contributions from individual donors and local businesses.

While we do not have the expertise to build a new building, we have partnered with a renovation/remodel team that has the contacts and partners needed to create the new facility. A staff member that understands the vision and intended use of the new building will be the interface with the construction project team to ensure the building is designed appropriately. We are also leveraging established donor relationships to secure in-kind contributions that will help us create the promotional materials needed to seek funding. We will leverage our existing donor database and social media outlets to contact prospective donors.

We have secured $50,000 in funding. Drawings for the new building have been created and we have met with the county to gain the necessary approval. The renovation/remodel team is currently aligning resources to ensure the project develops smoothly. A professional photographer has taken pictures of the existing facility, which will be used in fundraising materials, historic records, and to create a video clip showing the transition from the present building to the architecturally-rendered building.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SPOKANE HUMANE SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 8/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Melissa Williams

Star Financial

Logan Wilson

STCU

Catherine Reynolds

Mark Buening

Melissa Williams

Star Financial

Alicia O'Mary

Washington Trust Bank

Pamela Combo

Witherspoon Kelley

Judie Wozniak

Susan Nelson

Cindy Dibble

Linda Miller

Monica Kullman

Shannon Dunckel

Robin Benz

Ben Frier

Ann Sawyer

Maria Walker

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes