Kittens abound at Seattle’s “Kitty Hall”

Eighteen kittens took over City Hall today, renamed “Kitty Hall” for the third consecutive year in a proclamation by Mayor Ed Murray. The annual Kitty Hall event showcases the Seattle Animal Shelter’s adoptable kittens and highlights the benefits of cat ownership. This year’s event featured the return of the much loved kitten tent, in which the public was invited to play with and cuddle with the kittens.

As the event got underway, two kittens visited Mayor Murray in his office before the Mayor arrived to tour the Kitty Hall event and greet attendees. New this year, Seattle Animal Shelter staff processed on-site adoptions, which allowed four kittens to go home with their new families. Shelter staff and volunteers provided a photo booth for eager kitten cuddlers while they were waiting in line, and they offered attendees information about shelter programs and services.

And this year’s Kitty Hall introduced the inaugural “Kitty Council” – three adoptable adult cats campaigning to be the “Kitty Council president” – with platforms such as low-cost spay and neuter services, pet licenses for Seattle’s cats and kittens and, of course, tuna with every meal for every cat in Seattle. Attendees voted for their favorite candidate by making donations, and “Tess,” a 4-year-old domestic shorthair mix, was named the first Kitty Council president.

The Mayor’s Kitty Hall proclamation is available here:

Photos of the event are available here:

The kittens that were not adopted at Kitty Hall are now available for adoption at the Seattle Animal Shelter. Tess and the other members of the Kitty Council are in foster care, and adoption inquiries may be made to the shelter.

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-PETS (7387), or view animals available for adoption online at