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When a volunteer at Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League (WAMAL) stumbled onto a computer folder called "petfinder," he was overcome with emotion. Though he knew what the folder contained—pictures of the rescued malamutes WAMAL had adopted out since 2003—he was unprepared for the effect that the hundreds of images would have on him. He found he remembered many of the dog's faces, names, and stories—whether they'd destroyed his shrubs or challenged him on brisk runs.

Though WAMAL rescues about 100 malamutes a year, its team of volunteers rarely has time to focus on the big picture. They're too busy finding kennels and foster families to take in homeless or neglected alaskan malamutes, a large breed that requires a lot of work, exercise, and specialized care. WAMAL volunteers make sure these dogs receive proper medical care and attention before they are matched with suitable adoptive families. They also conduct outreach events to educate the public about the breed.

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WAMAL c/o Cat Nowak P.O. Box 495
Colbert,
WA
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Voted Best Sports Bar by KREM, Heroes and Legends allows for supreme sports viewing, with more than 30 flat-screen TVs for absorption-by-eyeball and a plethora of pub fare to feed your undefeated stomach. Peruse Heroes' menu for hunger-quenching appetizers, such as 10 simmering homemade cream-cheese jalapeño poppers ($8.50). Heroes and Legends' burgers are composed of seven-ounce fresh-ground patties served on a cornmeal kaiser bun with a side of french fries (substitute soup or salad for $1.50 or onion rings for $2); the Black and Blue garnishes its grub with Cajun spices and sprinkles it with blue cheese crumbles ($9.75). Show an opposing fan how the Seahawks are going to obliterate his or her team by spectacularly intercepting his or her order of barbecue chicken pizza, topped with bacon, pineapple, red onion, mozzarella cheese, and diced tomatoes ($10.99 for 10" small, $17.99 for 15" large). For an adult beverage, Heroes and Legends' full bar serves up 24 beers on tap—one for each cycle in the Chinese solar year—including brews from Kokanee and Alaskan Brewing Co., as well as fruity margaritas and potent cocktails.

825 W Riverside Ave
Spokane,
WA
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In an effort to stop abandoned animals from crowding shelters over county lines, the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary started finding homes for dogs that were in the city pound. The organization quickly expanded to take in dogs and cats from all over the county. Sanctuary director Nancy Rose had to build cages in the organization’s office to hold all the cats and transform her apartment into a haven for elderly animals, as she explained to the The Spokesman-Review. The dogs live outside in a barn and makeshift shelter.

But despite its humble accommodations, Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is working to protect all of the abandoned animals it can. It houses up to 100 animals at a time, and last year it found homes for more than 800 pets. Every day, volunteers clean out the animals’ bedding and litter boxes and spend time playing with them. Each animal in the shelter also receives full vaccinations, spay or neuter treatments, and medical examinations.

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501 Old Arden Highway
Colville,
WA
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A grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the environment in the Inland Northwest, The Lands Council serves as a leading conservation voice in the region. In addition to protecting thousands of acres of public land—and thus helping preserve local forests and wildlife—The Lands Council funds Project SUSTAIN, an effort to provide local students with outdoor, hands-on learning activities.

Project SUSTAIN combines in-class lessons with field trips to teach students about forests, water, wildlife, and sustainability. Through this program, students have planted nearly 2,000 trees and potted more than 50 seedlings. For leader Kat Hall, the real joy of the project is seeing the direct effect on students as they plant trees along a waterway in the Saltese Uplands or build and race their own solar-powered mini cars.

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25 W Main Ave
Spokane,
WA
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For 50 years, SNAP has led efforts to reduce poverty and homelessness in the Spokane area. In 1966, Father Frank Bach established three community centers to help local families in need. Over time, the organization grew and began to broaden its focus beyond alleviating basic needs to include in-depth forms of assistance as well. Today, SNAP's staff members work with people experiencing homelessness to find housing and take steps toward achieving self-sufficiency. SNAP's services include money management workshops, small business development, weatherization work, energy-efficiency loans and food grants— as well as family-development and life-skills classes to teach families how to achieve stability in their rental situations.

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3102 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane,
WA
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Peak 7 Adventures aims to help youth realize their mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional potential through outdoor adventures that remove them from their comfort zones and let them experience nature. Working with local schools, community centers, at-risk homes, and foster homes, Peak 7 Adventures exposes underserved youth to engaging trips and tours. It provides all the necessary transportation, lodging, food, and gear for each participant and employs guides certified in first aid and CPR. In the wilderness, underserved youth and youth who have experienced homelessness can take risks, build friendships, and develop self-confidence. The trips explore the natural environs of the Pacific Northwest through a variety of activities including rafting, kayaking, hiking, and camping.

6710 N Pittsburg St
Spokane,
WA
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