A Bit of History
Pet Savers was established in 1996 as a 501(c)3 non-profit feline foster and adoption organization. It quickly, however, became apparent to the founders that foster and adoption alone were not going to make a significant impact on the staggering pet overpopulation problem in Spokane County and the surrounding areas.
In 2001, Pet Savers shifted its mission to address this overpopulation issue at its source, “Saving Lives Through Prevention” by providing low-cost spay and neuter services. Pet Savers began these spay and neuter efforts by conducting mobile spay/neuter events. Over the next four years, more than a dozen events were held, sterilizing hundreds of dogs and cats in and around Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. As the demand grew so did the awareness of the area of need. Pet Savers’ service area increased to include pets from as far away as Moses Lake and Canada, but most consistently all areas of the Inland Northwest and Northern Idaho.
With growing community awareness of Pet Savers offering, there was also a realization that staffing occasional mobile clinics in different regions of the service area was not addressing the volume of need in a timely manner. In May of 2005 Pet Savers secured a permanent location at 7525 East Trent Avenue in Spokane Valley, Washington.
The current clinic space has been extensively renovated from a private residence built in 1924. While there is 1,700 square feet in the building, the layout is inefficient with the space split between the main level and basement and the electrical and plumbing is out of date. In order to create an efficient clinic flow as possible, the clinic itself occupies the main level while the medical storage and supplies, employee breakroom, and sterilization equipment are housed in the basement. The laundry facilities are positioned in an enclosed back porch area between the main floor and the basement, and things like feral cat cages, donated food, outdoor maintenance equipment, etc. are stored in outdoor unheated sheds. Space has been utilized extremely efficiently but is woefully short of the ideal.
The clinic is currently staffed by one full-time veterinarian (Medical Director) two part-time veterinarians, two licensed veterinary technicians, an Executive Director, Finance Director, a recently added Development Director, and ten part-time and full-time support staff. This amount of staff is the bare minimum necessary to manage the current demand, providing more than 80,000 surgeries since 2005. This allows Pet Savers’ staff to perform an average of 35 surgical procedures a day, 700 a month, and more often than not a standing-room-only walk-in vaccination clinic every Saturday.