Seattle Animal Shelter invites public to open house Oct. 4

Join the “pawty” at the Seattle Animal Shelter on Saturday, Oct. 4, as the shelter participates in Pawsitive Alliance’s Third Annual Statewide Shelter Open House event. From noon to 6 p.m., enjoy cookies in the lobby and meet adoptable dogs, cats and critters; learn about shelter volunteer programs and find out how to obtain a pet license or low-cost spay/neuter surgery. The first 20 cat or dog adopters will receive gift bags.

Pawsitive Alliance is coordinating this statewide event to spotlight animal shelters in Washington and homeless animals in their care. The alliance’s goal is to help shelters grow their adopter, donor and volunteer bases, while raising awareness of the good work they do on a daily basis for animals in need. Thousands of pets across Washington will be waiting for their new homes and hoping to meet prospective families.

At Saturday’s event, adopters will be able to take advantage of the shelter’s “Fall in Love with a Pre-owned Pet” promotion. Through Oct. 12, pet adoptions are only $15, plus applicable two-year license fees. Both in-shelter and foster animals at least 6 months old qualify for the special pricing, although some high-interest animals are excluded.

The adoption fee includes a certificate for a free health exam, initial vaccinations, spay or neuter, microchip and more. Seattle residents must purchase a two-year pet license with each adoption. The license fee is $27 for cats and $37 for dogs. Critter adoptions do not require licensing.

Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan hoped that Saturday’s event and the fall promotion will result in many pets finding their forever homes.

“There are so many good reasons for adopting from shelters,” Jordan said. “First, you give a homeless animal a second chance in life. You can also choose from a variety of animals, from cats and dogs to birds, guinea pigs, snakes and more. By adopting from a shelter, you help reduce the suffering caused by the country’s alarming pet overpopulation.”

The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. It is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. For more information, call 206-386-7387 (PETS), or view animals available for adoption online at www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

Pawsitive Alliance’s mission is to help end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Washington by increasing adoptions, supporting spay and neuter programs and improving pet retention. To learn more about Pawsitive Alliance’s life-saving partnerships and programs, visit www.pawsitivealliance.org. Since 2005, Pawsitive Alliance has helped more than 4,500 homeless pets find loving homes.