who we are

We are a private, non-profit serving the public by providing care, shelter, and placement into loving homes for neglected and unwanted animals in the greater Spokane area through pet adoptions.

mission & vision

Our mission is to enrich the lives of companion animals through support, education, advocacy, and love. Our vision is that Spokane would be a humane community in which animals are always treated with compassion and respect. As such, we are committed to never euthanizing animals due to lack of space. Instead we have developed strong partnerships to help us meet the needs of Spokane’s pets and promote a high rate of pet adoption. Because we understand the importance of animals in our lives and the need to reduce the surplus animal population through spay and neuter programs, we reach out to tens of thousands of individuals each year with these goals in mind.


The Spokane Humane Society was founded by a group of concerned citizens in 1897. Back then, we looked after the draft horses used to carry loads up Spokane’s South Hill. Today, we take care of more than 5,000 animals each year, mostly dogs and cats in need of compassionate care. Over the years, we’re becoming Spokane’s go-to pet adoption center. When we consider our more than one hundred years of history we are humbled to think of how much private funding we’ve received from those of you in the Spokane community who care deeply about the welfare of homeless pets. They thank you, and so do we.

Care to do a little more digging on the history of Spokane Humane Society? Well, Nona Hengen wrote the book “In Pursuit of Compassion,” to celebrate our centennial in 1997. Contact us to order a copy.

statistics for 2019


spays & neuters

volunteer hours

save rate

We take extraordinary measures with every animal who enters our care. We can’t save all of them —some are too sick, or at the end of their life — but we are incredibly proud to say we saved 98.5% in 2019.

The save rate, calculated according to the nationally recognized Asilomar Standard, is calculated by dividing total live outcomes (adoptions, outgoing transfers, and return to owner/guardian) by total outcomes (total live outcomes plus euthanasia, not including owner/guardian requested euthanasia or died/lost in shelter/care).


Executive Director

Edward Boks


Heather Bafus

Everyday Adoption Center at PetSmart, 9950 N. Newport Hwy.

Melanie Helms
Natasha Kortness
Jamie Moran

Feline Kennel Technician

Donna Versteeg – Lead
Jess Varda

Director of Development & Communications

Terena Thi

Office Manager

Audrey Hokanson

Veterinary Technician

Kyle Fortune

Veterinary Assistants

Tawnie Rand
Paula Chong

Adoption Counselors

Marisa Eacret
Axton Ryder
Jess Varda
Aryanna Schmidt

Canine Kennel Technician

Aimee Poulain – Lead
Karen Foster
Dillon Tourville

Shelter Floating Technician

Abigail Fitzgerald
Aiden Elliot

Shelter Manager

Sheena Bryant

Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Sarah Garner


Dr. Logan Belleque
Dr. Jesse Robinson

Clinic Receptionist

Beth Cruz

Foster & Intake Coordinator
Exam Technicians

Lauren Zimny
Shelby Horne

Grounds/ Maintenance Staff

Mike McCoy

board of directors

Acting President

Melissa Williams


Judie Wozniak

Vice President

Catherine Reynolds

Board Members

Gail Golden
Mark Buening
Susan Nelson
Cindy Dibble
Pamela Combo
Linda Miller
Monica Kullman
Shannon Dunckel
Robin Betz
Ben Frier
Ann Sawyer
Maria Walker


Logan Wilson