people ask us lots of questions…here are the answers

What is your Internal Revenue Service exempt status?

The Spokane Humane Society, federal tax ID 91-0565011, is recognized as exempt from federal income tax under section 501c3 of the internal revenue code of 1986.

What is your total budget for 2016?

The Spokane Humane Society operating budget for 2016 is $1.6 million generated without local, state, or federal tax funding. More than $0.70 out of every dollar we receive comes from donations and fundraising.

How many employees does your organization have? How many volunteers?

The Spokane Humane Society has 28 employees dedicated to providing care to more than 3,100 needy animals 365 days a year. We have an active core of 500 volunteers who routinely assist with animal care and enrichment. Additionally, we have 689 volunteers who assist with foster care, community outreach, special events and other special projects. Our volunteers log nearly 30,000 hours caring for pets annually.

What is the relationship of the Spokane Humane Society to local animal welfare organizations, government entities, and national groups such as Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA?

The Spokane Humane Society receives no funding from local, state, or federal taxes, or other national groups, nor are we governed by or affiliated with Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA or any other national animal welfare group. We are a local nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to taking care of the animals here in our community. The only way to help local homeless, unwanted, abandoned, and abused pets is by making a donation directly to the Spokane Humane Society or other local animal welfare and rescue organizations.

What is an animal welfare organization?

Animal welfare refers to the relationships people have with animals and the duty they have to assure that the animals under their care are treated humanely and responsibly; the “human–animal bond.” There’s broad agreement among animal professionals and the general public that people should treat their animals humanely, and we at the Spokane Humane Society subscribe to animal welfare best practices. We make sure our animals are free from hunger and thirst, discomfort and distress, and we do everything we can to allow them to exhibit normal behavior and maintain their health.

Is the Spokane Humane Society a government agency?

Nope. The Spokane Humane Society is a public, non-profit organization supported by tax deductible donations. In addition to our advocacy and many services we provide on behalf of animals, we also accomplish our mission through the operation of a low-income spay and neuter clinic.

Is the Spokane Humane Society a “no-kill” organization?

There are other organizations that call themselves “no kill” shelters, but we believe the term is misleading. Our organization is more accurately defined as “limited admission” shelter, because we take in only as many animals as we can humanely care for without overcrowding. The Spokane Humane Society will never euthanize for time or space and never turn an animal away because of their looks, age, breed, or non-contagious treatable health conditions. The staff and our extensive community of volunteers work hard to give a second chance to every animal that is healthy or can be rehabilitated. There is no set time limit for how long an animal can remain in our adoptions program. As long as an animal maintains general good health and a sound temperament, we’ll keep a pet for months in our shelter and even longer in our foster care program. Sick animals that have a good prognosis for recovery are treated and then placed into our foster care program for recovery or up for adoption. We do not euthanize healthy adoptable cats or dogs, and we do everything we can to avoid the euthanasia of sick or injured animals. We do euthanize aggressive animals that are a threat to themselves and the community, as well as those sick or injured animals that cannot be rehabilitated and are not responding to treatment. To save as many animals as possible we are increasing the number of shelter animals transferred in from other shelters and rescue organizations, encouraging responsible pet ownership through expanded public awareness and humane education, supporting pet owners through low cost pet services, and involving ourselves proactively in humane issues through legislative processes.