• Dogs in Spokane County are required to be on a leash.  (Spokane County Parks Department) 
  • Owners of dogs without a license can be fined $200.
  • Failure to have a current rabies vaccination carries an $87 fine.

  • Letting a dog run at large, or having a threatening dog in a park carries an $87 fine. 

  • Dogs and cats get cold in severe temperatures, just like humans do.  A good rule to follow is, if the temperature is 20 degrees or less, dogs should have limited time outside.  Cats should not even be outside at all when temperatures are that low.

    When temperatures are above 20 degrees, it is important for animals outside to have a shelter.  To receive a free dog house, or to donate a new or gently used dog house, call SCRAPS at (509) 477-2532.  Advice from Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services (SCRAPS). 

  • Spokane Cares, on behalf of our entire community, would like to say thank-you to Rick Freier and Mako, an arson dog which worked for the Spokane Valley Fire Department for 5 years.  Mako, a 6-year old black Labrador, who wore badge, #1K9, retired in July 2015.  Mako and his handler Fireman Rick Freier served not only Spokane but the entire region, serving 25 different agencies, and investigating 187 fires.  Mako would indicate where he detected an accelerant, and Freier would then collect a sample to be tested at the lab, resulting in 90% positive tests.  Mako, who was paid for by State Farm Insurance, could smell and detect as little as 1/20 of a drop, which made arson investigations quicker and easier.  Mako was known to many people who gathered around him at local community events.    ("Mako's New Trick, by Nina Culver, The Spokesman-Review, August 14, 2015)

Dog Parks:

Gateway Dog Park  
Washington-Idaho State Line
This off-leash 3.5 acre dog park is located in the former State Line rest area.  The rules are listed on the signs—including that the dogs must be licensed and socialized to avoid problems.  Volunteers are needed to help maintain this park.  For more information, contact Spokane County Parks.   
High Bridge Dog Park
Riverside State Park
11 fenced acres where dogs can run off leash.
Directions:  Take Riverside west from downtown.  Look for “A” Street and turn left.  If you are coming on Government Way, turn east on Riverside; look for “A” street and turn right.

"What a dog park is, and is not" (City of Spokane)

What You Can Do

  • Donate doghouses (new or slightly used) to animal shelters that will be given to pet owners in need.  
  • Children in elementary schools love to read to a listening dog, encouraging children to enjoy reading.  
  • License your pet - it’s the law.  Put an identification collar on your cat (or dog) to serve as your pet’s phone call home. 
  • Dog Parks.  Learn about local dog parks (see “Resources” below) and what is expected of both dogs and their owners.  Volunteers are needed to help  maintain dog parks.
  • Find a new home for your pet.  Local city and county laws no longer allow selling or giving away cats and dogs on either public property or private areas open to the public, including the front of a store, or the back of a pickup in a vacant lot.  For those outside the City of Spokane, the law also applies to selling or giving away animals at garage and yard sales. 

    People who want to sell or give away their animals may advertise in the newspaper.  The fine within city limits is $267; within the county it is $74 for the first violation, and $114 for the second fine; and a third violation within 12 months becomes a misdemeanor and could carry a $1,000 fine and as much as 90 days in jail. (This law may increase the homeless dog and cat population.) 

  • Could your dog be a blood donor?  Healthy donors are in great demand here in the Northwest.  Volunteer canine blood donors are wanted.  Like humans, our canine companions have urgent needs for transfusion products. Blood is a life-saving product used for patients suffering from anemia or blood loss.  A single blood donation can be used to save manylives, because the blood is processed into both red blood cells and plasma.

    The Pet Emergency Clinic in Spokane is currently looking for volunteer donors.  To be eligible to donate blood, your dog must -
    • must weigh at least 60#
    • between 1-6 years old
    • be happy and healthy
    • be willing to lie still for 10 minutes

    Donors should stay current on vaccinations with their regular veterinarian and commit to the program for two years or about 12 collections.  If you would like to learn more about the transfusion program and how your dog could be saving lives, please contact the Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank, 21 E. Mission, to schedule an appointment for a canine blood donor evaluation.  (509)  325-2322, 535-3551, or  326-6670