Seattle Animal Shelter encourages adoptions on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, and the Seattle Animal Shelter reminds you that when you adopt a shelter pet, you are saving a life. If you have been thinking about adding a pet to your home, stop by the shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W. With cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, rats, snakes and more, the Seattle Animal Shelter has something for everyone.

“We have incredible animals at the shelter and in our foster care program, waiting to find their forever homes,” said Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director. “If you have room in your home and your heart, you can give an animal a second chance and a new life.”

It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters because of abuse or because they’ve done something wrong, Jordan said. On the contrary, shelter animals are usually happy and healthy and are often among the most devoted companions. Seattle Animal Shelter animals are cared for by experienced staff and volunteers, who are available to share information about the animals’ personalities and habits so perfect matches can be made with potential adopters.

In addition to visiting the shelter, you can view adoptable animals online at or meet them at monthly events held at various Seattle locations. “Fabulous Felines” and “Cool City Pets” (critter adoptions) take place on the second and third Saturdays of each month, respectively. Both cats and critters are available for adoption at Mud Bay–Uptown (522 Queen Anne Ave. N.) from noon to 3 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information about adoption events, including locations and times, visit

The adoption fee is $15 for critters and $40 for rabbits. Rabbits are spayed/neutered and microchipped before adoption. The adoption fees range from $175-$210 for dogs and $140-$145 for cats. The dog and cat fees include:

  • Certificate for a free health exam at local veterinarians.
  • Initial vaccinations.
  • Spay or neuter.
  • Microchip.
  • Deworming.
  • Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus testing (cats only).

Discounts on cat adoptions are available for seniors and adults with disabilities. If you live in Seattle, when adopting cats or dogs you must also purchase a pet license.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-7387 (PETS) or visit