The Straight Poop: Panhandle Animal Shelter

By Drake the Dog
Reader Pet Columnist

Where am I taking my humans today?

The Mister is washing and waxing the convertible, and the Missus is getting all pawfect so we can go to the pawty at the Panhandle Animal Shelter’s Yappy Hour at the Pine Street Bakery today from 4-7 p.m.

From left to right: Emery Evans and Mandy Evans posing with Drake at the Panhandle Animal Shelter.

From left to right: Emery Evans and Mandy Evans posing with Drake at the Panhandle Animal Shelter.

I remember this day last year when my PAS trainer bud dressed me up in the yellow “Adopt Me” PAS vest. I was so nervous and afraid because I was at the shelter for a while, loved the folks there and had begun to settle in. I’m a routine kind of guy, and like Sheldon (AKA Mr. Bazinga), I do not like change. However, today, I’m feelin’ tail-waggin’ good and ready to celebark both the one-year anniversary of when I adopted the Mister and Missus and my fourth birthday!

Mandy Evans, the executive director, shared that PAS has served our community since 1993. The mission is to diminish the number of lost, abandoned, neglected and abused dogs and cats through adoption, education, and the identification of missing pets. This no-kill shelter (which means that they do not euthanize for space), has improved their adoption processes, lowering the average daily housing rate from 98 dogs and 175 cats to 35 dogs and 50 cats monthly. This means my buds are happier, healthier and find their forever homes faster.

Be sure to check out the new Home to Home website, which will match fur babies to forever homes without packing a bag and staying at PAS. And thanks to a grant from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation, there is a new Help Line that offers folks assistance so they don’t have to put their four-footed family members up for adoption. Check out the website for more info on all the cool programs PAS offers. Paws up to the 23 member PAS staff! Woof! Woof!

Pssssst, I know where they hide the treats in the newly expanded dog-friendly PAS Thrift Shop! Sometimes the Missus has separation anxiety when she brings in donations. Her BFF says that this is paw-fect behavior, as the shop provides the financial support that is needed to run the PAS.

I’m getting a bit verklempt now, so I’ll finish up this dog-friendly experience by sending love and slobbery dog kisses to the Mister and Missus, and the staff of PAS. Together they gave me and my kitty sister, Mika, and a second chance at life and a wonderful loving home. The BEST things in life are rescued!

PAS and Thrift Shop Rules

Hot diggity dog:

•Leashes required

•Take a new fur baby home

•The fire hydrant outside is just

for you!

Leave it:

•Curb your enthusiasm

(manners please)

•Your time… volunteers are


•Bags of food

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