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

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

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.


Since 1897, the 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 the 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 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).

leadership team

Executive Director

Kim Reasoner-Morin

Finance + HR Manager

Heather Bafus

Administrative Assistant

Melanie Helms

Director of Marketing + Development

Gail Golden

Director of Mission Advancement

Jolene Uddman

Marketing + Communication Coordinator

Madison Bortfeld

Shelter Manager

Sheena Bryant

Chief Veterinarian

Dr. Logan Belleque


Aimee Poulain

Foster Coordinator

Axton Riker

Volunteer Coordinator

Liz Romero

board of directors


Melissa Williams


Judie Wozniak

Vice President

Catherine Reynolds

Board Members

Maria Walker

Mark Buening

Linda Miller

Shannon Dunckel

Ben Frier

Annie Townsend

Jeff Milligan

Luae Benlitifah


Robin Betz