Spokane Humane Society donates $250,000 to Riverfront Dog Park

Spokane Humane Society donates $250,000 to Riverfront Dog Park

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 10:13 a.m.

SPOKANE – The Spokane Humane Society (SHS) has donated $250,000 towards the construction of a dog run in the heart of Riverfront Park at the Forestry Shelter. The gift comes to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Humane Societyand anniversary and legacy of animal welfare work.

“To match the 125 of the Spokane Humane Societyand anniversary and to renew our presence on the banks of the Spokane River near our original location, we are honored to partner with the Spokane Parks Foundation on the new urban dog park,” said Kim Reasoner-Morin, Executive Director of the Spokane Humane Society. “Our goal is to support their vision of providing a pet-friendly space for all to enjoy in the heart of Riverfront Park. Proper exercise and socialization improves the overall health not only of our four-legged friends, but also of their loving and caring humans.

“For 125 years, the Spokane Humane Society has served as the premier animal shelter in our region,” said Melissa Williams, Chair of the Spokane Humane Society Board of Directors. “Not only do we have historic and humble roots near this very place, but also new beginnings. Our satellite adoption center, BARK, A Rescue Pub, opened in 2020 and has helped over 700 animals find forever homes. The new SHS Riverfront dog park will be located just across the street. This opportunity fosters the human-pet bond while continuing our vision to enrich the lives of companion animals through support, education, advocacy and love. We are honored to be a part of this company and are thrilled to be able to provide this to our beloved animal loving community.

“The generosity of the Spokane Humane Society will help establish a space in the heart of downtown where people and their beloved pets will come together for many years to come – it’s a wonderful gift to our community,” said Garrett Jones, City Manager of Spokane Parks & Recreation. “We have heard that dog parks are a desired amenity as part of our master plan, and we are honored to work alongside the Spokane Humane Society and Spokane Parks Foundation to raise funds for this important project. »

The donation from the Spokane Humane Society is part of the campaign for Riverfront Spokane through the Spokane Parks Foundation. The urban dog park will cost around $750,000 to build. Construction timelines will depend on when the campaign for Riverfront Spokane can raise the remaining $500,000. Interested community members can build on the Spokane Humane Society’s giving momentum by donating to the dog park on the Spokane Parks Foundation website.

“We are very grateful for the generous contribution of the Spokane Humane Society to the Riverfront Dog Park. This is a major campaign milestone for Riverfront Spokane and has already made a huge dent in our goal of raising $750,000 to complete the dog park – so Spokanites and their pups can enjoy it for years to come. decades,” said Amy Lutz, Chairman of the Board of the Spokane Parks Foundation.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at Riverfront Park on June 18and, 2022 as part of the Spokane Humane Society Paw Parade. A design for the dog park and its name will be revealed during the event.


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