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Remember to keep your pets safe as weather warms

Remember to keep your pets safe as weather warms

Spring is finally here and Summer is just around the corner, and with the onset of warm weather across the region Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service reminds us to keep our pets safe in the heat.

"Every summer, we respond to calls of animals being left in cars," says Nancy Hill, Director of SCRAPS. "Inside a car, the temperature will rapidly increase and can overwhelm a pet in a very short time period - sometimes with fatal consequences."

If you typically bring your dog or other pets along for the car ride consider leaving them home when temperatures rise. Dogs aren't able to sweat to cool themselves down so it doesn't take much for them to overheat. Cracking a window while you run into the store isn't enough to keep them healthy.

"The temperature outside doesn't have to be in the 90's or more for a problem to exist," says Hill, "On a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees, and hit a scorching 160 degree if parked in the sun."

Washington, Idaho rank in top-10 for pet ownership

Washington, Idaho rank in top-10 for pet ownership


Turns out the Inland Northwest is a region that is especially welcoming to our furry friends.

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently released its U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, which ranked Washington as the 6th best state for pet ownership and Idaho as the No. 8 state for pet ownership.

The study found that 62.7 percent of Washington and 62 percent of Idaho households owned a pet; the report said that Washingtonians have the fifth most cats at 39 percent of households and Idaho at 34.6 percent – good for 8th highest.

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PETA offers tips for pet care in heavy snow

PETA offers tips for pet care in heavy snow


There are several things to consider when Mother Nature dumps a half-foot of snow on the area.

PETA sent out several tips Monday for pet owners and animal-conscious citizens, because “dogs and other animals can suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze.”

Here are some of PETA's tips:

  • Keep animals indoors. This is absolutely critical when it comes to puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, beagles, pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Doberman pinschers. Short-haired animals will also benefit from a warm sweater or a coat on walks.

It's A Dog's Life For Silvano Bitencourt

It's A Dog's Life For Silvano Bitencourt

Silvano Bitencourt is a native of Brazil. He came to the United States with pretty much nothing but the shirt on his back and the American Dream in his heart. Silvano not only has accomplished the American Dream he recently became a United States Citizen.

I had a chance to talk with him recently about his Dog & Cat Grooming business in Spokane, becoming a citizen and what he has planned for the future.

Tell me a little about yourself, I know you're Brazilian. How does a Brazilian wind up living in Spokane?

I am Brazilian born in Brasilia Distrito Federal Brazil, I belong to the first generation of the federal capital of the nation. When I decided to fight for my American dream, get out of Brazil to Miami FL, where I started the whole course of my life in America. After a few years in Florida, several economic problems and other personal reasons, I was curious and sought other places to follow my dreams.

I decided to move to Spokane, I thought it was a charming city and not expensive to live. I didn't know anyone here, I faced problems of adaptation and acceptance in this community. I was the victim of discrimination in a sporting goods store when I first moved here. My accent if very thick so I think it was surprising to see a Latino. But Spokane has come a long way in terms of acceptance of different people.

Wild Horses Available For Adoption in Boise

We get news releases about cat and dog adoptions at local shelters all the time, but this is the first we've heard about wild horse adoptions. You'll have to drive all the way down to Boise to adopt wild horses from White Pine and Elko Counties.

They've got bay, palomino, sorrel, grulla, roan and black mares and geldings ranging from eight months to one year of age. The adoption event is on February 27th at 1 p.m. at the Boise Wild Horse Corrals off of Pleasant Valley Road. Adoption fees are $75 for the first horse and $25 for the second horse. You can view the horses ahead of time by calling Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, Steve Leonard at (208) 384-3454.

“All horses available for adoption have been de-wormed and have received vaccinations for common equine conditions and diseases,” according to Leonard. “Adopters will receive complete health care records, as well as herd management and other equine information for their newly adopted animals.” /BLM Press Release

Tundra The Snowy Owl

A snowy owl hit by a car near the town of Davenport is being treated at the Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. A world-renowned snowy owl expert says the owl, named Tundra, is part of a phenomenon nationwide unlike anything ever recorded.  With hand-fed meals, a bowl of ice and a fan to keep him cool, the Arctic visitor just might call the Palouse his new home.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Officer Curt Wood found Tundra when someone reported the little guy hopping along the road near Davenport.  Wood says he considered killing Tundra when he noticed he had a broken wing, but says the bird's beauty convinced him not to.

"The owl was very beautiful, and it just looked at me with those big yellow eyes, blinking them from time to time," he said. "It seemed to be totally at ease with me, as if it knew that I was going to save it, so I didn't have the heart to put it down."

Students at WSU Help Pet Owners Grieve Through Hotline

Students at WSU Help Pet Owners Grieve Through Hotline

It's a global hotline that brings comfort to those who lose ones they love. Their pets.

When that number is dialed, it brings you to students at Washington State University's veterinary school. Students are trained in bereavement by WSU's licensed counselor, Kathy Ruby.

"We’ve been contacted by people whose companion pets have died in Japan, New Zealand, Spain. . .” said Ruby, pointing to a world map cluttered with push pins that identify distant places where calls and emails originated.

The hotline started in 1999 to fill a void for grieving pet owners.

Ruby added: "What some people don’t realize is that the pain can be so raw, so real.”