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

For more information about the SPD K-9 unit and Ziva, visit

For more information about Seattle retired K-9s, visit

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

Calling all paws! 18th annual Furry 5K to benefit orphaned pets

Seattle Animal Shelter invites animal lovers to register for the June 11 run at Seward Park

Register now for the Seattle Animal Shelter’s 18th annual Furry 5K run/walk happening at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Seward Park. Each year, the fun run attracts thousands of two-legged runners accompanied by hundreds of their four-legged furry companions. All proceeds directly support the shelter’s Help the Animals Fund. To register or for more information, visit

The Help the Animals Fund was created in 1977 to pay for lifesaving veterinary care for sick, injured and abused animals at the shelter. As the shelter’s veterinary needs grew, volunteers started the Furry 5K in 1999 to raise money for the fund and to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership. Last year, the fund covered nearly $250,000 in veterinary bills.

“The Furry 5K helped our shelter become a lifesaving organization. SAS is an open-admissions shelter and accepts any animal that is surrendered or found within Seattle city limits,” said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter’s acting director. “Thanks to the generous Furry 5K donors, we are able to also provide them with a range of veterinary services and ensure all adoptable animals are placed into loving homes.”

Shelter staff anticipates this year’s Furry 5K will draw more than 2,000 people and 1,000 canines. In-person registration begins at 10 a.m. The race will be followed by Pet-a-Palooza, featuring entertainment, music, contests, awards and an interactive vendor area. Admission to Pet-a-Palooza is free. The Furry 5K is one of the few races in the Puget Sound area that encourages participants to run or walk with their dogs.

Powered by pet licenses, volunteers and charitable donations, Seattle Animal Shelter saved 3,715 animals from homelessness, neglect and abuse in 2016. Additionally, the shelter’s low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic performed 2,613 surgeries, preventing thousands of pets from becoming homeless in the future.

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

GiveBIG and support Seattle Parks’ programs May 5

Be a champion! Join the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) and The Seattle Foundation in supporting our community on Tuesday, May 5.

GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations that make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

By making a gift to ARC through The Seattle Foundation’s website on Tuesday, May 5, you will help deliver the high-quality programs and services that truly make a difference in the lives of Seattle residents. The Seattle Foundation will leverage your gift even further by providing ARC with additional matching funds.

ARC, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, serves Seattle by offering a variety of recreational and lifelong learning programs, classes and activities. ARC, incorporated in 1975 as an independent nonprofit organization, supports this work through the ARC Board of Director and a system of 37 advisory councils. Citizen volunteers on the board and advisory councils help to enhance the mission and vision of Seattle Parks by providing a connection to the community and advocating for the success of citywide recreation services.

Just click on the link below, go to “Donate Now” and GiveBIG Specify in the “Comments” field which of ARC’s programs you’d like your gift to support (for example, after-school care or RecTech).

Last year, ARC’s GiveBIG campaign raised $28,241 from 178 donors.

Make your donation here:

Be a superhero: Help children learn to swim and reduce drowning

You can be a superhero for local children; no masks, capes or gadgets required.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is accepting donations large and small for the Learn to Swim Scholarship Fund. The fund helps make swimming lessons affordable for all families, specifically those who meet low-income guidelines.

From 2008 to 2012, 122 drowning deaths were reported in King County; nine of these deaths were of children ages 17 years and younger. Seattle Parks and Recreation believes swimming lessons are vital to changing this statistic. In a city surrounded by water, swimming is an essential life skill.

It’s easy to contribute to the swimming lesson scholarship fund. Visit your local swimming pool to use cash, check, or VISA/MasterCard/American Express, or donate online at the Associated Recreation Council’s website at (select “donate now” and then select “Learn to Swim” from the drop-down menu).

Donors can set up recurring donations online and can designate donations on behalf of or in honor of someone. Donations are 100% tax-deductible, and Seattle Parks staff are happy to provide information to your Employer Matching Gift program. For more information, to donate, or to register for swim lessons please contact your local pool:

The City of Seattle offers half-price swimming lessons to low-income children, but this is not enough for many families. The Learn to Swim Scholarship Fund helps to reduce the price to the same level offered for other programs such as child care scholarships. Every family still pays a portion of the fee for swimming in our pools, but the reduction makes it an affordable option. Without the reduction the price prevents children from learning this essential skill.

Help Seattle Parks give every child the opportunity to be a strong swimmer. It doesn’t take much to save a life.