SPOKANE HUMANE SOCIETY

Adopted is our favorite breed.

Spokane, WA   |  www.spokanehumanesociety.org

Mission

The mission of the Spokane Humane Society is to enrich the lives of companion animals through support, education, advocacy and love.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2022, we will celebrate our 125th year of service to the Spokane region. This is possible due to the dedication of countless staff, volunteers, and mission supporters. They are the embodiment of the humane community our founders envisioned. The animals in our care are valued and loved. While they are here we provide more than a place to stay - we provide healthy food, medical care and human interaction, so that they can put their best paw forward in finding their next home.

Ruling year info

1941

Executive Director

Kim Reasoner-Morin

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)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Mission of the Spokane Humane Society (SHS) is to enrich the lives of companion animals through Support, Education, Advocacy and Love (SEAL). SHS has been the leader in animal welfare in eastern Washington since 1897. Our non-profit operates solely on private support by individuals, businesses and organizations who embrace our mission. Today our services to the greater Spokane community include: • Rescue and adoption of over 2000 animals annually • Foster care for animals recovering from medical concerns so they can be healthy for adoption • Board Certified veterinary services including spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries for the pets of community members who qualify as low income • Pet food bank for those who are experiencing temporary struggles and needing help feeding their dogs, cats or small mammals • End of life compassion care for companion animals and cremation • Robust volunteer opportunities to help care for companion animal

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Adoption Services

The Mission of the Spokane Humane Society (SHS) is to enrich the lives of companion animals through Support, Education, Advocacy and Love (SEAL). SHS has been the leader in animal welfare in eastern Washington since 1897. Our non-profit operates solely on private support by individuals, businesses and organizations who embrace our mission.
We rescue and adopt over 2000 animals annually. Potential adopters are encouraged to visit the shelter, or one of our satellite adoption centers at PetSMart, or Bark, A Rescue Pub. Spending time with an animal to get to know a little bit about its personality and needs helps make a successful match.
Our website contains pictures and descriptions of all of our adoptable animals and their location.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

All animals adopted at our shelter are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinated before they are placed with their forever family. Our clinic pets who belong to people who qualify as low income 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
Adults

We work in conjunction with local businesses to host 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. We also are active on social media and do a monthly electronic newsletter.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We distribute thousands of pounds of donated pet food into the community to help pets whose owners need temporary assistance in feeding their pets.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Volunteers focus on the general care of the animals, including feeding, exercising, socializing, grooming and training. Each year, our staff and volunteers conduct adoption outreach events. More than 200 active volunteers log in over 20,000 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
Adults

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
Adults

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
Adults

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
Population(s) Served

Adults

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.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Volunteer/Foster Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteer hours are one way to measure how efficient we are with our budget. Having more volunteer numbers makes it possible for paid staff to do more critical work.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 goals for 2022 include:
1. Create the architectural design and budget for building improvements.
2. Prepare for a capital campaign plan for shelter renewal.
3. Complete occupancy plan and develop a rental and marketing plan for rental of our on-site event center.

1. Our senior staff and Board of Directors have been cataloguing improvements and changes needed to bring shelter operations to a place where we can more efficiently and effectively care for animals and serve the public. We have engaged a well-established, local architectural firm to design plans and we continue to work with them in developing a concept that meets the organization's needs and budget.
2. Because of gifts and bequests, good investments, and a commitment toward saving by our Board of Directors, SHS has seed money earmarked for shelter renewal. The senior leadership team is a mixture of veteran and fresh staff members who bring a diverse background in non-profit and animal welfare management. The marketing and development team was expanded in 2020 and has spent the year developing SHS’s communication tools and messaging. Over 50,000 subscribers follow SHS on social media. The electronic newsletter mailing list has over 25,000 subscribers. A Leave a Legacy campaign around planned giving was developed.
3. Our on-site event center was nearly complete in 2019 when COVID-19 restrictions delayed our plans to offer the property as an event center for meetings, weddings, and other gatherings. Now that there is a better understanding of the pandemic and ways to keep safe from COVID-19, we will move forward with a developing a complete plan for staffing and pricing its use.

1. The Board of Directors includes directors whose professions include financial management, real estate, city park management, law enforcement, and managers in business and non-profit. This diverse team provides the knowledge and experience needed to guide the professional architects who are creating the building design.
2. SHS sits on 40 acres of property that is owned. This asset is the foundation of our capital campaign. Regular social media postings and a monthly electronic newsletter have been established to tell the SHS story in an intentional way. A new software system was employed to better track and understand donor giving patterns.
3. Our Director of Marketing and Development has nearly 20 years of experience in business development and marketing. She will develop the materials needed to market our event center to the community.

In 2020 2117 animals were adopted out from our shelter. That includes 612 dogs whose time had run out at another shelter. Our shelter maintained a save rate of 99% based on the Asilomer standard. We provided medical care to over 5300 animals in 2020. This includes shelter and owned animals. Medical care to owned animals was primarily limited to spay and neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. Thanks to the efforts of staff and support from the community we were able to maintain our operations under COVID restrictions. At times our operations were restricted to appointments only or limited numbers of patrons.

In early 2020 we finished with the remodel of our Big Red Barn which is now being used as a training facility and event venue - although both activities were curtailed because of COVID.

How we listen

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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 10/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Melissa Williams

Star Financial

Catherine Reynolds

Daybreak

Mark Buening

City of Spokane, Parks Department

Melissa Williams

Star Financial

Judie Wozniak

Broadway Group

Cindy Dibble

Linda Miller

Community Volunteer

Robin Betz

Retired Federal Agent

Ben Frier

Ann Townsend

Department of Corrections, Washington State

Maria Walker

Maria Walker Homes

Shannon Dunckel

Molson Coors Beverages

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/29/2021

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