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.


The vision of Spokane Humane Society is to enrich the lives of companion animals through Support, Education, Advocacy and Love (SEAL).


For over 125 years, Spokane Humane Society continues to provide wellness, medical care, shelter, and placement into loving homes for companion animals in need through foster care, adoptions, community education and outreach.


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

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 2023

We wanted to update you on the recent changes in adoption numbers for 2023 at Spokane Humane Society. Due to some much-needed renovations in our cat room and one of our kennel wings for dogs, we saw a temporary dip in spay/neuter and adoption numbers compared to 2022. While these renovations were crucial for improving the well-being of our animals and enhancing our facilities, they did limit our intake of surrendered animals for more than five months in 2023. We’re grateful for the understanding of our supporters during this transition and want to assure you that we are still dedicated to our mission of providing compassionate care and finding loving homes for all animals in need. Thank you for being a part of our community!


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 97.5% in 2023.

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).

board of directors


Maria Walker

Vice President

Judie Wozniak


Mark Buening


Annie Townsend

Board Members

Mark Barnes

Robin Betz

Shannon Dunckel

Eowen Rosentrater