Seattle Animal Shelter hosted temporary pet shelter at free medical clinic event

The Seattle Animal Shelter hosted a temporary pet shelter at the Seattle/King County Clinic event Oct. 22-25 at Seattle Center. Animal shelter staff and volunteers were on-site each day to care for pets whose owners were attending the free medical clinic inside Key Arena.

The Seattle Animal Shelter was honored to take part in this important event, which provided free medical, dental and vision care to 4,010 people. Shelter staff utilized the pet emergency trailer to establish a temporary pet shelter on the Seattle Center campus during the event. The trailer, purchased several years ago with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, is part of the City’s emergency preparedness plans and is equipped with supplies to support pets.

“We wanted to lend a helping hand to community members who needed a safe place for their pets while attending to their own medical needs,” said Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan.

Each day, beginning at midnight, shelter staff and volunteers opened the temporary pet shelter and began greeting people arriving for the clinic. In addition to caring for 23 wonderful dogs, pet shelter workers issued 31 vouchers for free spay and neuter surgeries and provided over 300 care packages with pet food and information about our shelter and other resources, such as the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic. Thanks to donations from local supporters, the shelter was also able to offer treats, toys, collars, leashes and 80 dog coats. Volunteers and staff were thrilled to be involved and made memorable connections with community members.

The Seattle Animal Shelter thanks Seattle Center, Public Health of Seattle and King County and the many other organizations that drove the event and invited the shelter to participate. Likewise, thanks are due to Regional Animal Services of King County, the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic and UW Center for One Health Research for their partnership in coordinating the temporary pet shelter, and to Mud Bay, Good Neighbor Vet, Pet Pros and Petco for their support.

For more information about the Seattle Animal Shelter and the services we provide, please visit, call 206-386-7387 (PETS) or visit at 2061 15th Ave. W. The shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing.