Kittens return to Seattle’s “Kitty Hall”

It was all smiles and purrs today as kittens descended on City Hall, renamed “Kitty Hall” in a proclamation by Mayor Ed Murray, highlighting the benefits of cat ownership and encouraging the public to consider cat adoption from the Seattle Animal Shelter. The public was invited to Kitty Hall to play with and cuddle kittens in an enclosed tent, and encouraged to attend the shelter’s cat adoptathon event tomorrow, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Montlake Community Center, located at 1618 E. Calhoun St., Seattle.

Like at last year’s Kitty Hall, the line to enter the tent was long, but eager kitten cuddlers were in good spirits while they waited for their turn to play with a handful of the 11 kittens at today’s event. Following the plaza event, the kittens napped, relaxed and played on Kitty Hall’s seventh floor, where they were then visited by Mayor Murray. Photos of the event are available at

The kittens that were on hand at Kitty Hall are all currently under the care of foster parents. The shelter currently has about 150 cats and kittens available for adoption, both at the shelter and in foster homes. Anyone interested in adopting a cat or meeting available cats is encouraged to attend the Fabulous Felines event tomorrow.

“Our monthly neighborhood adoptathon is a wonderful way to meet your potential new pet. Foster parents will be able to tell you about the cat’s personality and habits and help you find a perfect match,” said Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan. “If you have room in your home and your heart for an orphaned animal, this is a great opportunity to save a life.”

The Seattle Animal Shelter relies on volunteers to provide temporary foster care in their homes to rehabilitate and nurture sick, injured and immature cats and kittens or to just give adoptable cats a break from the shelter environment. Visit the shelter’s website at for more information about the foster care program.

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 view animals available for adoption online at Adoptable pets are also featured on “Pet of the Week” on the Seattle Channel at

Kitty Hall attendees Manpal Kaur (left) and Esther Yune (center) stopped by the Seattle Animal Shelter kitten tent to interact with some of the shelter’s adoptable felines. “Frankie” presides over Kitty Hall activities while awaiting a visit from Mayor Murray (right).

Mayor Murray and First Gentleman Michael Shiosaki receive a visit from “Mario” at Seattle’s Kitty Hall event (left). Not even Mayor Murray could resist the kittens’ playfulness at Kitty Hall (center). Former councilmember Sally Clark visited Kitty Hall today and its very own cat in the hat (right).