Want to cuddle a kitten? Come to “Kitty Hall” on Thursday, Aug. 30

City Hall to become “Kitty Hall” for the day

Fifth annual Kitty Hall event return to raise awareness and encourage cat adoptions

The kittens are back! The fifth annual Kitty Hall returns to Seattle on Thursday, Aug. 30. Mayor Jenny Durkan will issue a proclamation renaming City Hall as “Kitty Hall” for the day, and the public is invited to meet, greet and, of course, cuddle kittens.

WHAT: Seattle Animal Shelter’s Fifth Annual Kitty Hall
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Seattle Kitty Hall’s Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 Fourth Ave.

Seattle Animal Shelter, which hosts the Kitty Hall event, will provide at least two tents where the public can spend a couple of minutes with roaming kittens. Also returning this year is the “Kitty Council,” which features adoptable adult cats vying to be named the “Kitty Council president.” The event will include a kitten photo booth and educational displays about the Seattle Animal Shelter and its programs, and Seattle residents will be able to purchase pet licenses for their cats and dogs.

Kitty Hall highlights the shelter’s foster care program and promotes shelter cat adoptions. Most of the kittens and the cats at Monday’s event will be available for adoption, and potential adopters at Kitty Hall can place “first choice” holds on their favorite kitten or cat.

“Kitty Hall is an amazing way for the Seattle Animal Shelter to highlight our adoptable kittens and cats and raise awareness about the lifesaving work that we do,” said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter executive director. “But we also love this event because of the joy it creates. It’s a family-friendly place where you can cuddle kittens – what’s not to love?”

The Seattle Animal Shelter will also be live streaming parts of the event on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SeattleAnimalShelter/.

Seattle Animal Shelter created the first Kitty Hall in 2014. At least nine other cities and rescue organizations across the United States have since adopted the idea for their own Kitty Hall events.

The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open 1-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-PETS (7387) or visit http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

Air quality alert! Remember to protect your pets.

One of the ways to protect your pet when air quality is bad: Keep your windows closed.

With the poor air quality we are experiencing in our region, it is important to take steps to protect ourselves and our families—including our pets. Just as extreme temperatures and other weather or environmental conditions impact people, our pets are impacted, too. The risk is even greater for animals with respiratory or cardiovascular disease, animals with flat faces (brachycephalic), like pugs, bulldogs and Persian cats, and animals that are very old or very young. Birds (e.g., parrots, cockatiels, parakeets) are particularly susceptible.

Here are some tips to help you protect your pets:

  • Keep them inside with doors and windows closed.
  • Let dogs and cats outside only for potty breaks.
  • Avoid intense outdoor exercise—there are lots of indoor activities for dogs when they can’t go for normal walks or play time outside.
  • For homes without air conditioning, utilize other cooling methods for animals.
    • Make sure fresh water is available at all times.
    • Provide fresh fruits and vegetables for pets such as birds, rabbits and guinea pigs.
    • Utilize ceiling or portable fans.
    • Offer your pet frozen treats like DIY popsicles.
    • When possible, keep animals in the cooler areas of the home.
  • If you have chickens and/or miniature goats:
    • If possible, use feed and bedding that produce less dust.
    • Make sure their water is fresh and clean at all times.
    • Be extra diligent in keeping pens and coops clean—this will help reduce dust and other irritant.s

Signs of respiratory distress include:

  • Unusual coughing, sneezing, gagging.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Unusual discharge or watering from eyes or nose.
  • Open mouthed breathing.
  • Lethargy or weakness.
  • Reduced appetite.

If you think your pet(s) may be suffering from the effects of poor air quality, they should be seen by a veterinarian right away. Take care of yourself and your pets—they count on you!

SAS X-ray suite dedicated to retired K-9 Ziva

Dr. Jennifer Bennett, SAS medical director, discusses the positive impacts the X-ray equipment will make on animal care.
Photo: Flore Yuan

Each year, the Seattle Animal Shelter cares for thousands of animals who come to us in need for everything from spay and neuter surgery to prevent unplanned litters to those who are most in need of help, compassion, hope and a new forever family. Thanks to the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation and its generous donors, we have a new tool in our belt to more quickly diagnose and treat animals that come under our care.

Retired K-9 Ziva with her partner, Officer Mark Wong, and SPD Chief Carmen Best.
Photo: Flore Yuan

In 2017, through generous donations at its annual fundraising gala, SASF granted over $76,000 for new X-ray equipment to be installed and used at SAS. For the first time in our 46-year history, we are able to X-ray animals that are sick, injured and victims of animal cruelty – on-site and with less stress on them. As a result, we can more quickly diagnose issues and provide treatment.

On July 16, 2018, SASF hosted an event to unveil the new equipment, which is dedicated to retired Seattle Police Department K-9 Ziva for her outstanding service to SAS, SASF and our community. In addition to her years of service to our community, Ziva and her partner officer Mark Wong have raised tens of thousands of dollars in support of SASF and our work at SAS. It is with sincere gratitude that this equipment that will help so many animals is dedicated to Seattle’s own amazing K-9 Ziva. Among our honored guests at the unveiling event were many of our generous donors, volunteers, staff from SPD and its K-9 unit and, to our delight, SPD Chief Carmen Best.

K-9 Ziva
Photo: Flore Yuan

In 2011, the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation was formed to further support the mission and work of SAS. Since then, SASF has been raising money and providing grants for everything from building improvements to equipment and supplies for animals in our shelter and in our community and so much more.

The Seattle Animal Shelter has a history of being a progressive municipal agency thanks to the dedication of our staff, volunteers and the support of our community. With the additional support of and in partnership with SASF, we are able to continue to strive for the very best of care for our animals.

For more information about the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, visit https://seattleanimalshelterfoundation.org.

For more information about the SPD K-9 unit and Ziva, visit https://www.seattle.gov/police/about-us/about-policing/k9.

For more information about Seattle retired K-9s, visit http://www.retiredpolicedogs.com.

And always remember your purchase of a Seattle pet license is how you can protect your pet while supporting SAS’ lifesaving work. Learn more at http://www.seattle.gov/animal-shelter/license.

Adopt a cat or critter for free July 18-22

Shelter overflowing with cats and critters

The number of adoptable cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and reptiles coming under the Seattle Animal Shelter’s care this summer has steadily increased, so the shelter is offering a special promotion to find them forever homes. To ensure the shelter has plenty of space to help animals in need, through this weekend adoption fees are waived on all adoptable cats and critters such as rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles and birds. This offer is made possible through a grant from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

With this special offer, from July 18-22, adopters pay only the cost of a pet license, if applicable. Regular adoption fees are available online at http://www.seattle.gov/animal-shelter/adopt/adoption-fees. Seattle residents adopting an animal will be required to purchase a pet license, which ranges from $24-$48.

The discount applies to cats and critters in the shelter and in foster care. For animals in foster care, any application received during the period will receive the discounted price, even if the actual adoption happens later. The adoption package includes:

  • Initial vaccinations.
  • Spay or neuter (for cats and rabbits).
  • Microchip with registration.
  • Feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency testing (cats only).
  • Certificate for a free health exam at local veterinarians.
  • $20 coupon for Mud Bay.
  • 30-day pet insurance policy from PetHealth.

“This time of year, our adult cats and critters often get overlooked. It’s the perfect time to meet a variety of cats and critters to choose your perfect new family member,” said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter executive director. “This timely grant from the foundation allows us to find loving families for our adoptable cats and critters so that our staff can focus on the continuing needs of new animals coming to the shelter.”

The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday for adoptions. For more information, call 206-386-PETS (7387) or visit http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

What to consider before adopting a rabbit

By Katie Johnson

With the Peter Rabbit movie out in theaters and Easter just around the corner, the Seattle Animal Shelter is fielding more questions about rabbit adoptions. We love rabbits here at the shelter, and we have many rabbits looking for their forever families! And while they are incredibly cute critters, rabbits are personable, unique animals that need specialized care — so make sure to do your homework prior to adopting.

Peanut and her sister Pippin are available for adoption together as a bonded pair.

Here are some quick rabbit facts:

Rabbits live eight to 12 years.
A rabbits is a long-term commitment. Are all family members committed to caring for your new bunny for the rest of its life?

Rabbits are social butterflies!
Many rabbits need rabbit friends or close human companions to keep them healthy and happy. Make sure you factor in the care, time and space to meet your rabbit’s needs.

Rabbits require a lot of daily care.
Rabbits need daily attention, exercise, playtime, feeding and cleaning. These are bunny care basics!

Rabbits are extremely fragile animals. While movies and cartoons may portray them doing backflips off walls, the truth is rabbits can be injured very easily. Also, a rabbit’s digestive system is very unique, which requires a specialized diet.

Do your research.
Find more information online and by using local resources:

  • House Rabbit Society, a nonprofit rabbit rescue and education organization (https://rabbit.org)
  • Talk to a veterinarian who specializes in “pocket pets” or exotics about rabbit care. Not all veterinarians see rabbits.
  • Visit a local rabbit rescue or animal shelter to learn more about care needs and meet some cool rabbits!

Rabbits can make excellent pets for the knowledgeable, prepared and committed family. They are smart and interactive, exude personality and have the cutest little hop-hop. They can be litterbox-trained and can solve puzzles, too.

Last, remember to “adopt, don’t shop!” Seattle Animal Shelter has rabbits of all shapes, sizes and colors just waiting to join your family.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. The shelter is open Wednesday-Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Learn more at http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org.