Seattle Animal Shelter remodeling its cat and critter rooms; Customer impacts include parking and surrenders by appointment only

The Seattle Animal Shelter’s cat and critter rooms are undergoing renovations in 2015, and beginning next week, visitors can expect to see impacts due to construction activity at the shelter facility. The project will result in major improvements for cats and critters in the shelter’s care, and several measures are planned to help alleviate overcrowding and to reduce the stress on the animals during the renovation.

Until the renovation project is complete, residents who find stray animals are encouraged to seek out the animal’s owner using the shelter’s Lost and Found Database or by matching licenses or microchips with assistance from shelter staff. Also, beginning, Feb. 3, Seattle residents wishing to surrender animals or turn in strays must do so by appointment only. If you find a stray and need help reuniting it with its owner, or if you would like to make an appointment to surrender an animal, call the shelter at 206-386-7387.

Several partner agencies in the Puget Sound area have generously agreed to accept surrenders from Seattle residents during this time. Please note that many shelters also require appointments and may have surrender or “rehoming” fees, or other qualifiers, so please contact the agency prior to arrival:

The renovation plan calls for an extensive upgrade of the current cat room and critter area, allowing for more flexible space for the animals. It will involve structural upgrades, as well as improvements to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. During construction, cats and critters will be housed in temporary animal care trailers. Dogs will also be relocated to a trailer during the day, to remove them from construction noise within the shelter facility, but they will be returned to the dog kennels each evening. The animal care trailers will be placed in the shelter’s existing parking lot, and visitors are being redirected to the gravel parking lot across West Armory Way. One ADA-accessible parking stall will still be available at the shelter’s existing parking lot.

Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan encouraged anyone considering adding a pet to their family to drop by the shelter.

“We are taking steps to protect the animals from construction impacts, but ideally we would love to find forever homes for all our animals,” Jordan said. “If you have room in your home and your heart, this is the perfect time to adopt.”

The shelter is also seeking additional foster families, to give the animals a temporary home and a break from the shelter environment, while helping to find the animals their forever homes. If you are interested in learning more about the shelter’s foster care program, visit the program website at http://www.seattle.gov/animal-shelter/volunteer/foster-care.

During construction, field enforcement efforts will continue as normal, as will operations at the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic. Construction is expected to continue until summer 2015. This project is funded in part by a generous donation from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-7387 (PETS) or visit http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org.