The Pin

I stopped in at the Spokane Humane Society while I was in town for a show last month. I was given a thorough tour of the facility by Executive Director Dave Richardson & Dori Peck, The Director of Outreach and Community Relations. When we were finished Dave took off a pin from his lapel & gave it to me. I was emotionally moved, this man gave me a piece of his life’s work and shared it with me.

Volunteering in a shelter myself in my free time I understand all the challenges involved with running this kind of facility and how it depends on so many people giving whatever they can-whether it’s free time, services, money, etc. They were especially busy that week as they had rescued 46 Labradoodles from a hoarder. Their passion and dedication for animals just warms the heart and gives me a lot of faith in humanity.
Now I must give You the reader some history about this wonderful place, and what accomplishments these people have made.

Imagine this for a second…… since 1897, The Spokane Humane Society has acted as a refuge for animals in peril by providing care, shelter, and placement for tens of thousands of lost, neglected, and unwanted animals in the greater Spokane, Washington area. The number of animals they have served has varied over the years but they are very proud in their current role as a companion animal adoption shelter. They place between 2500-3500 animals annually through their adoption program, and reach out to tens of thousands of individuals promoting the importance of animals in our lives.

A major goal of theirs is to reduce the surplus animal population through spay & neuter programs. I am a HUGE BELIEVER that we could do away with euthanizing animals in the future if we are able to implement and operate low-income spay and neuter clinics in every community in this country, as well as educating the public about humane issues and responsible pet care. It’s very possible.

By mandate of the Spokane Humane Society’s board of directors in January 2006, the SHS stopped euthanizing animals. Limited resources and unavailable kennels made it impossible to continue to accept unlimited animals and made it necessary to work with their community partners in animal control and rescue, evolving to their current day “Reservation required” shelter. This change initially reduced the number of animals they served each year but increased the number of animals being permanently placed into loving homes and improved placement rate from 52% to 79% from 2006 to 2007.

As a part of this policy change, strays are referred to their appropriate animal control facility and in 2008, they had a placement rate of 96% ! Very impressive statistics considering the difficulties in the current economy. You can tell that this facility is well looked after by the community of Spokane-there were so many volunteers when I was walking through the facility. It takes community support working hand in hand to help accomplish these goals and create better quality of life for our dear animal friends.

More information can be found at the link below.

About The Author:

Malea McGuinness helps to raise money for Animal Charities & foundations through her live performances in communities she performs in. Malea has garnered lots of attention for her inspirational new album, ‘CLOSE AS AIR’. Her single “Spinning”, is currently building at AAA Radio and receiving rotation from Music Choice. In July 2010, Malea took the stage of the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse for her fourth outing to Milwaukee’s annual Summerfest Music Festival, opening up for alternative rockers, The Counting Crows. She generously donated all her merchandise profits earned to two local organizations, The Milwaukee Art Museum and the Wisconsin Humane Society.

“Close As Air” is the latest single from Malea’s release of the same title. It’s hitting radio as we speak. Be sure to call in and request it . You can also buy it from iTunes here.

For more information, please visit Malea’s official myspace page: and (plus you can listen to more of Malea’s music!)

Malea McGuinness @ Spokane Humane Society

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45 Responses

  1. Adam

    You keep blowing my mind with these wonderful blog entries! I love the video & all specifics.

  2. Lanie

    Amazing Video and Blog! I really love the way you were able to educate me when keeping me interested. You are lovely Malea!

  3. DavidB

    Every month keeps getting more & more interesting. I really like the fact You were in Spokane! Fun City! Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jen

    I admire all the things you do to help animals. I really like reading your blog & sorry to hear about Oscar.

  5. Malea Fan

    Killer Video, soo cool Malea 🙂 I don’t know how you find the time. You make aloy of sense 🙂

  6. Trent

    I saw this link on your facebook, what a great find. You are a very talented person who helps many with your music. Thanks Malea / BigT

  7. Cathy

    I adore you Malea, Your work is fantastic, We need more people like yourself to help us in the fight to help Animals.

  8. Eiji

    Malea, You keep impressing me with great work 🙂 Eiji

  9. Johnny

    Malea, You are a real talent!

  10. Drew

    I loved Your Video! You holding that puppy was adorable! I’m new to your blog & will catch up on old ones 🙂

  11. Wendy

    I came across this on your facebook. I absolutely love your music and now have found a new found respect for your efforts. BIGGER FAN NOW!!! YOU GO MALEA!!!

  12. Mike

    After reading this months blog I was amazed how many great points & ideas were in it. Our Shelter has many issues, but its great to see people get organized & work with thier community.

  13. Alex

    Malea, You are a wonderful talent. I just love the video, Spokane is a fun city. Please continue your significant work.

  14. Mary

    We need more people like Yourself Malea. It tough times all around but that is no excuse for not doing hard work that helps others,

  15. Richard

    Many people sit at home in there free time, You obviously don’t. I love the way you get straight to the point. In your video and your writing. They are both very well done. RY

  16. Marcus

    This hits home pretty hard! We have similar problems at our Shelter though we have not been able to work effectively with the community to find solutions. I plan to forward this along to those that might get educated from it & do some good. Thanks Malea!

  17. Elle

    Great job Malea, Straight to the point! We need more spay and neuter Trucks to help with this problem! I am happy for SHS & their success’

  18. Dawn

    I cant get enough of your blogs. You are very creative and make alot of sense!

  19. Andy

    You are quite a unique talent! I fell in love with your music but had no idea the special things that you do 🙂

  20. Brock

    In the eye of difficult times You are able to keep displaying the silver lining. We need more people like yourself Malea!

  21. Chris

    Sarah & I just love your blog, the way your writing leads us into watching your video. Its all very impressive!

  22. Leslie

    Keep it up Malea! You are helping ALL of us more than You know!

  23. Jane

    I love the fact you took the time to not just research this Humane Society but videotaped your visit. I found your blog very educational this month.

  24. Doug

    I really admire the work you are doing Malea. Please come and perform in South Florida soon.

  25. Shawn

    I enjoy watching your videos! Your writing sets the reader up for your video. Extremely educational while entertaining!

  26. Rachel

    What a delightful end to a lovely day 🙂 I can’t get enough of what You do girl! You do it sooo well !


    I have been a long time fan of yours. I am very impressed with the work you have done to help humane societies. Good for you Malea!

  28. Laura

    You are a wonderful talent Malea 🙂

  29. Justin

    A very creative piece this month. I like the way I was able to learn from both your article & video.

  30. Lisa

    I really enjoyed the read this month. I was amazed by the statistics. I guess we need to try to control popultion growth.

  31. Donny

    Very Cool Blog! I enjoyed watching the video too!

  32. Rob

    Wow! You do wonderful work on many levels Malea! I look forward to seeing what You do next!

  33. Judy

    I love everything that you do Malea!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Brian

    I am very proud of you & the work you are doing. Please come back to Grand Rapids Michigan 🙂

  35. mary

    A very interesting read this month Malea. I felt like I was a part of the Tour in your video. Keep up the Great work!

  36. Dakota

    I caught that amazing Show opening for Kenny Wayne Shepherd. This is very good work writing & videotaping this Humane Society. Your work for Animals is very special & needed.

  37. Ginger

    I am so in love with You! You are very special:)

  38. Jackie

    You are a great role model for those that want to give back to society & ANIMALS!

  39. Samantha

    I admire all the things you are doing to help Humane Societies in the United States. I really liked the video this month. Thanks / Sam

  40. Lisa

    I really enjoyed this month’s blog 🙂 The Video & Blog had great information !

  41. Michael

    You Rock!!! I love Your Music!!!

  42. Heather

    There is great significance to what Malea is doing. She is truly helping Animals in many ways 🙂

  43. Andrew

    I love the way You make me think about ways to help animals 🙂