Seattle Animal Shelter encourages you to protect your pet and support animals in need

To commemorate National Pet Identification Week, which runs April 19-25 this year, the Seattle Animal Shelter wants cat and dog owners to know how easy it is to license a pet and how valuable a license can be.

“Pet licenses help us get lost pets home safely, often avoiding a trip to the shelter altogether,” said Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director. “Your license fee also directly supports shelter programs that enable the Seattle Animal Shelter to save more lives.”

Purchasing a Seattle pet license is easy to do. A pet owner simply submits his or her license payment and a few pieces of information – mainly contact information and a brief description of the pet. Owners can:

License fees for cats and dogs that have been spayed or neutered are $27-$37 for two years. Unaltered cat and dog two-year license fees are $45-$69. Seniors and adults with disabilities may receive a discount by supplying their Seattle Gold or FLASH card number.

The shelter regularly uses license information to help return lost pets to their families and in other life-saving efforts. License information allowed animal shelter staff to rescue a husky from a potential choking situation when it was caught in a web of venetian blinds. They were also able to successfully coordinate veterinary treatment for an Italian greyhound that had been hit by a train – although the dog was microchipped, it was its license and current contact information on file that allowed shelter staff to reach his owner so quickly. Pet owners can feel good knowing that their license fees not only provide protection for their pets, but also support the shelter’s life-saving services.

Cat and dog owners may also benefit from a monthly “Protect Your Pet” clinic, 3-6 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Seattle residents can bring their cats and dogs to the shelter and receive a free rabies vaccination and/or $20 microchip with the purchase or renewal of the pet’s license. Additional vaccines are $10 each. The Protect Your Pet clinic is held in partnership with Good Neighbor Vet, which provides the vaccination and microchip services in its mobile unit. The next event is this Friday, April 24.

Seattle Municipal Code Section 9.25.050 requires licensing of all cats and dogs in Seattle. For more information or to purchase or renew your pet’s license, please visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org or call 206-386-4262. The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. and is open noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, for licensing and adoptions.