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


After 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, 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 2021


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 2021.

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

Luae Benlitifah

Robin Betz

Shannon Dunckel

Jeff Milligan

Eowen Rosentrater