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 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

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 (
  • 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

Meet Seattle Animal Shelter’s critters at Creeptacular, Saturday, Oct. 28

Terry the Tarantula is just one of the many critters that SAS has cared and found homes for. Meet available critters at Creeptacular!

The Seattle Animal Shelter will host its first Creeptacular event on Saturday, Oct. 28, from noon-3 p.m., featuring all available critters ready for adoption and spooky guests.

The event will include a photo booth with costume options as well as participation by the Washington Ferret Rescue and Shelter, the Northwest Hepatology group and a fleet of white guinea pigs. Guests will be able to hand-feed the critters with greens and berries, said Interim Volunteer Supervisor Laura Mundy.

“Creeptacular will bring much-needed attention to the variety of animals available for adoption at SAS and how different critters have very distinct and different needs,” said Mundy.

While many people think “dogs and cats” when it comes to adopting animals, not everyone realizes there are so many more choices at the Seattle Animal Shelter. SAS’ critter room houses animals like rabbits, turtles, guinea pigs and mice. And back in January 2017, SAS briefly cared for Terry – a tarantula!

Critter team volunteer Ellen Gawryla was amazed by the spider’s mellow-nature.

“He had the lightest little footsteps, and you could just kind of hold him,” said Gawryla.

When SAS created Terry’s online adoption profile, unfortunately there was no category option for “tarantula” or “spider.” Having a bit of fun, SAS instead categorized Terry as a llama, noting in his description that he was, in fact, a spider. And the fun continued on social media.

Sam Miller adopted Terry after he spent a month as Terry the llama.

“He’s just cool. I can watch him grow and move,” said Miller.

According to Miller, attention must be paid to Terry’s environment. Feeding him only two to three crickets a week, Miller controls the temperature and moisture level for Terry’s home to keep the spider happy. Although Terry was used to being handled at SAS before adoption, Miller does not force him to crawl around, since the spider’s exterior is extremely fragile.

Miller enjoys watching Terry make spider webs.

“When he makes his webs, he thinks he’s dancing,” said Miller. “He’s just a cool pet.”

The Creeptacular event is a great time to visit SAS and the critter room, which features a large variety of pets available for adoption.

“You may even spot a guinea pig in a costume if you’re lucky!” said Mundy.

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

Pet of the Week: Turbo

She’s got energy and personality – is Turbo a match for you?

If you’ve been looking for an energetic and intelligent rabbit that will keep you on your toes, look no further. “Turbo Girl,” also known as “Turbo” (ID 33672691), is a large, female purebred American Rabbit. She likes to test her boundaries and loves exploring. She’s strong, inquisitive, willful and determined — and look at her, what a beauty!

This means Turbo will need a family that will keep her active and engaged as well as safe and out of trouble. If you think you’re a match for her mischievous spirit, check out her profile to learn about how you can meet and adopt her.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. We are open noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday for adoptions and licensing.

Pet of the Week: Shadow

Shadow loves to show off her size by standing up!

Meet Shadow (ID 29077100) — she used to be called Thumper, but now goes by Shadow because she loves to follow her human companions around when she’s free to roam. She’s large, sweet and smart — one of her favorite tricks is standing up so you can see how big she is. She loves to eat, lounge, explore, get pet and play with the household cats. Since she’s a big rabbit, she’ll need a big space and a house that will let her roam.

Shadow also needs someone that will take the time to get to know her and listen to the sound of her breathing. She has issues with sniffles and wheeziness, and while normally she handles it fine, sometimes she gets stuffed up and needs a liquid antibiotic to feel better again. Her ideal forever home will include someone willing to bake her favorite healthy rabbit treats — she even comes with the recipe.

If Shadow sounds like she might be a match for you, learn more by reading her profile and finding out how you can meet her.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. We are open noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, for adoptions and licensing. For more information, visit