Kittens, kittens, kittens at Seattle’s “Kitty Hall”

Fourth annual event encourages cat adoptions, highlights foster program

It was kittens abound on Monday, Aug. 21, as Seattle City Hall became “Kitty Hall” for the day, renamed in a proclamation by Mayor Murray. The fourth annual Kitty Hall event highlighted the Seattle Animal Shelter’s adoptable cats and its foster program. Twenty kittens were on hand, and the centerpiece of the event – the kitten tent – returned, this time with two tents in which the public was invited to play with the kittens.

Before the event began, two kittens visited Mayor Murray in his office before he arrived to tour Kitty Hall and great attendees. Shelter staff processed adoption applications on-site, and seven kittens found their forever homes. Staff and volunteers provided a photo booth for eager kitten cuddlers, and they offered attendees information about pet licensing, shelter programs and services and other adoptable animals.

During the event, donations were collected to vote in the Kitty Council election, which featured three adult cats campaigning to be the “Kitty Council president” – complete with platforms like pet licenses for cats, the importance of spaying and neutering and, of course, catnip for all. Rita, a 12-year-old domestic shorthair mix, won the election and was named the Kitty Council president.

The Mayor’s Kitty Hall proclamation is available here:

Photos of the event are available here:

The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-PETS (7387) or visit

Pet of the Week: Terry (not a llama)

Meet Terry — not a llama!

If you’ve read Terry’s profile (ID 34130788) on our website, you may be scratching your head. Why on earth are we calling him a barnyard animal and llama?!? Well, the database that we use to showcase adoptable animals unfortunately doesn’t offer a “spider” option. But don’t worry, Terry CAN fit into your home as he is, in fact, an adult Chilean rose tarantula.

Terry is stunningly gorgeous! He is quite calm and can be handled easily. He’s the perfect match for a tarantula-lover who is committed to providing him with a great home. He will need a five- to 10-gallon tank with a heat source, a place to hide and a shallow water dish.

If you’re interested in meeting Terry, come by the Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. We are open from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, for adoptions and licensing. Check out our website to learn more about the adoption process.

“Mouse” Valuable Players say “Go Huskies!”

When do mice cheer on huskies? When the University of Washington Women’s Basketball Team goes to the NCAA Final Four, they do!

When the Huskies women represented UW in the NCAA Final Four last month, our fabulous Critter Team volunteers huddled up and realized that our elite team of lady mice wanted in on the action. Here they are dedicating a practice to the Dawgs:

(From left to right: Titanium, Tin and Iodine)

These ladies are not only full of skills and spirit, but also show off their smarts off the court as the “Periodic Table of Elemice.” (See the Small Mammals section on our adoptable animals webpage and you’ll see what we mean.)

Meet our team captains:

  • Titanium: 2.5 inches  tall, enjoys eating lots of greens
  • Tin (aka Tina): 2.7 inches tall, always looking out for her teammates
  • Iodine: 2.3 inches tall, loves working out on the wheel

Dedicated team members, these ladies and the rest of their squad would love to be adopted in pairs. Could you be the new coach they’ve been waiting for?

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