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Roller derby fundraiser for Spokane Humane Society

Roller derby fundraiser for Spokane Humane Society

Roller Derby is one of the toughest sports out there, and one local team is joining up with the Spokane Humane Society to help homeless pets in need.

The “Who Let the Belles Out” bout will feature Inland EmPower's Brass Belles in their first home game since the founding of their league last year.

“We are a very community-minded league, committed to making Spokane a better place,” said league president Jen Mayernik. “We wanted to have our premier home bout to be something spectacular that also helped a non-profit in the region and we love helping our furry friends in need.”

A portion of the ticket sales for this event will be donated to the Spokane Humane Society to help them continue to care for the thousands of homeless pets they see each year. The bout will also feature a dog parade and fun animal-themed games and trivia for the audience.

The adults aren't the only ones having fun either. Junior derby team Cherry Bomb Brawlers are also getting in on the action, making this event a double header.

SCRAPS hosting adoption event for seized animals October 1

SCRAPS hosting adoption event for seized animals October 1

Animals rescued from a recent seizure in Deer Park are up for adoption at a special event Wednesday, October 1st at the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

From 2-6 pm, adults interested in adopting any of these animals as a family pet can come to the fairgrounds through the Broadway entrance.

Currently available at tomorrow's event are 60 rabbits, 14 roosters and 2 billy goats. A $25 adoption fee is requested for the rabbits, $10 for the roosters and $50 for the goats. The adoption fee helps recover the cost of care and feeding of the animals during their holding period. Donations to SCRAPS Animal Medical Fund are also greatly appreciated.

SCRAPS Animal Protection Officers executed a search warrant at 503 W. Bridges Road in unincorporated north Spokane County on September 26th and made the following observations:

Animals without water, or with algae and feces in the available water.

Animal with injuries and covered in fleas.

Vote for 2nd Harvest to receive $60,000 grant

Vote for 2nd Harvest to receive $60,000 grant

As Hunger Action Month come to a close, Second Harvest is asking for the public's help in a contest that could net them a $60,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Fifty food banks across the nation will be selected for one of the grants based on the number of online votes they receive by October 5. Currently Second Harvest has barely more than 100, while the leaders are all in the thousands, but with nine days left to vote there's still time for a comeback.

Second Harvest is the only food bank in Washington state competing in the contest which began September 15.

Walmart is teaming up with acclaimed chef, cookbook author and TV host G. Garvin, and calling on the public to support their local food banks by voting online at www.Walmart.com/fighthunger.

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Two Central Washington Seniors are launching a campaign this fall to honor the memory of the teen who made their best friend duo into a trio.

Three years ago this October, Josh Martin took his own life. It was a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

“There were no signs or anything,” said Donnie Santos. “He was going to be a shortstop for the Spokane Falls baseball team. We had everything going for us. We think he was afraid to come out and ask for help.”

That fear is what Donnie Santos and Dean Neilson are trying to get rid of with the Bread Tie Challenge.

It was Martin's father Joe who came up with the campaign to memorialize his son, then handed it off to Donnie and Dean to run.

The Bread Tie Challenge draws its inspiration from the Ice Bucket Challenge, an easy and visible way to show that your life has been impacted by someone struggling with mental illness or depression, and that you support ending the stigma of shame and weakness that can be associated with it.

Adoption fees waived on "less adoptable pets" this week

Adoption fees waived on "less adoptable pets" this week

This week is National Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week and to encourage adoptions, the Spokane Humane Society is waiving adoption fees on all less adoptable pets through the end of the week at their main facility (6607 N. Havana) and their PetSmart adoption center (9950 N. Newport Highway.)

“With the recent large number of unwanted pets being surrendered to the Spokane Humane Society, we need the community's help to provide homes for these amazing animals. The shelter is full of pets that need a little extra love and attention,” said Executive Director Dave Richardson. “These are loving and wonderful pets that range from older pets to pets who need a special diet or home situation.”

All animals adopted from the Spokane Humane society are current on their shots, are spayed or neutered and micro-chipped.

USDA offering financial assistance for farmers impacted by wildfires

USDA offering financial assistance for farmers impacted by wildfires

The United States Department of Agriculture wants to help farmers impacted by this year's brutal wildfire season in central and eastern Washington.

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Services is now accepting applications from agriculture producers in Kittitas, Grant, Chelan, Okanogan and Douglas counties impacted by wildfires in 2014. Financial assistance is offered through the Wildfire Initiative of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help resource concerns on private and tribal land.

NRCS will be offering two financial assistance options:

Option 1 – General EQIP

The key conservation practice available for assistance under this option is deferred grazing. This practice allows grasses time to recover while livestock producers seek alternate feed sources. And for the first time, NRCS is also offering broadcast seeding as part of this initiative.

Option 2 – Wildfire Special Initiative