Foster cat orientation at Seattle Animal Shelter Sept. 10

Angel is just one of the adoptable cats at the shelter, not currently in a foster home.

Have you been thinking about getting a cat but aren’t ready for a long-term commitment? Do you need some kitten snuggles in your life? Do you have a soft spot for senior cats?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you should become a foster parent! The Seattle Animal Shelter is in great need for foster cat parents, especially foster parents that are willing to socialize kittens or foster senior cats. If you’re interested, apply to become a foster parent on our site (http://bit.ly/fostercat) no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7. Once you have signed up, we will email you with a confirmation and orientation packet. Our next orientation is Sunday, Sept. 10.

The foster care program is quite simple. You provide a temporary home; the Seattle Animal Shelter provides the rest! The shelter’s “Help the Animals Fund” subsidizes the costs associated with the foster care program including all pre-approved vet care, food and supplies.

New this year, we are recruiting foster parents for our “fospice” program. This program is for cats that have a terminal illness and a prognosis of six months or less. Foster parents who open their homes to these needy cats have told us it is a rewarding experience. From a current fospice parent, “It feels good to help anyone through a hard time, especially if their health has been compromised. In my case, I can really feel the gratefulness of my fospice cat.”

If you attend an orientation session you are under no obligation to foster an animal, but we hope you do!

For more information or additional directions call 206-386-PETS (7387) or visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

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: http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/AnimalShelter/kitty-hall-proclamation-2017.pdf

Photos of the event are available here: http://bit.ly/kittyhall2017photos

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 http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

Kitty Hall is back – Monday, Aug. 21 at Seattle Kitty Hall

Cuddling an adoptable kitten at the 2016 Kitty Hall

Kitty Hall returns on August 21 in Seattle City Hall to promote the Seattle Animal Shelter cat fostering programs and cat adoptions.

“It’s a celebration of felines, the Seattle Animal Shelter, SAS foster programs and our wonderful, supportive Seattle community,” said Interim Volunteer Supervisor Laura Mundy.

Although previous Kitty Hall attendees proved they will wait in long lines to play with kittens, SAS will reduce this year’s wait times by providing two to three tents, instead of just one. SAS will fill tents in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall with kittens from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and some will be available for adoption, according to Mundy.  

SAS volunteers will be on hand with information on fostering programs, on-site adoptions, pet licenses for cats or dogs, a kitty photo booth and donation opportunities. All donations will go to the shelter’s Help the Animals Fund, said Mundy.

As an SAS cat foster parent, Lauren Foster said to come excited and bring your kids.

“Your cheeks are going to hurt from smiling so much,” said Foster.

A job worthy of her namesake, Foster got involved with SAS through the cat program by fostering two cats – Teddy and Mag. She said the SAS team supported her through her experience by providing vet needs and advice on cat care.

Since cats are social creatures, they feel more comfortable in a foster home while they wait for adoption. SAS suggests that cats suffering from “shelter stress,” senior cats, injured cats or those recovering from surgery should be in foster care.

The goodbyes were rough, but the time Foster had with the cats made it worth it.

“I look at it as a summer fling, […] you let yourself fall in love even though you know it’s going to end,” said Foster.

Foster allowed herself two months to find the cats a new home and marketed the cats on social media with cute costumes and character biographies.

“Some people think that if you just hit the key notes, like if the cat is female, then they will get adopted, but you have to dig deeper,” said Foster.

The right person can create a loving, temporary home for a cat in need of adoption, according to Foster.

At Kitty Hall, the Cat Foster Team will have more information on fostering and how to visit a cat in foster care for adoption. Visit the Kitty Hall webpage for more information about the event and the SAS volunteer webpage for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Story by Erin Berge, SAS volunteer