Home for the Holidays event at Seattle Animal Shelter, Saturday, Dec. 10

The holiday season is upon us, and one of the season’s greatest gifts is giving a homeless animal a forever home. Hoping to find many animals their forever homes, the Seattle Animal Shelter is hosting a “Home for the Holidays” open house event this Saturday, Dec. 10, from noon to 6 p.m. The shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle.

Stop by the shelter and enjoy the decorations, snacks, goody bags and photo booth, and, of course, meet some amazing adoptable animals!

If you have room in your heart and your home, fill it with the love of a rescue animal. We look forward to seeing you at the Home for the Holidays event!

Seattle Animal Shelter reminds pet owners to protect pets from cold

While you’re trying to stay warm early next week, don’t forget to also take proper precaution to protect your pets. That’s the message that the Seattle Animal Shelter is hoping area pet owners will hear as temperatures in the low 30s or colder are expected. To help those dogs that are left outside, the shelter is also soliciting new and used dog igloos and doghouses so that they may be redistributed to pet owners in need.

“When temperatures fall, pets need extra care to help keep them comfy, cozy, healthy and safe,” said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter acting director. “Many pets are left out in the cold with little or no refuge. We are hoping to prevent potential tragedies by making owners aware of what they can do to protect their pets.”

The Seattle Animal Shelter suggests the following:

  • Dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, noses and feet if left outside. Bring pets indoors during cold weather and take them out only when necessary.
  • Pets love the smell and taste of antifreeze, and even a small amount can kill them. Clean up spills at once and be alert for antifreeze on the ground or left out in open containers that have not been properly stored or disposed of.
  • If your dog must remain outside for a period of time, provide an elevated dog house with clean, dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out. The door should face away from the west or north to avoid cold winds. If you have a garage, consider installing a “doggie” door so your pet can seek protection from cold weather. Check water bowls to make sure they are not frozen and avoid using metal bowls, as your pet’s tongue could stick to the frozen metal.
  • Gently towel or blow-dry your dog or cat if he or she gets wet from rain or snow. It is important to dry and clean paws as well. This helps avoid tiny cuts and cracked pads. Remember that chemicals used to melt snow and ice on driveways and sidewalks can burn your pet, so check the paws, mouth and belly after a walk.
  • Make sure your pet has a current Seattle pet license and always use a leash. When walking on snow, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. A pet license is your best insurance your pet will be returned to you.
  • Cats and kittens often nap on warm car engines and hoods. If your car was recently used, knock on the hood or honk the car horn before starting the engine.
  • Help your elderly or arthritic pets when they need to go outside.
  • Consider a sweater for short-coated breeds, such as pit bull-type dogs and Chihuahuas, before taking them outside. But choose wisely. Sweaters made from certain fibers don’t insulate when they get wet and can actually remove heat from an animal’s body. Avoid sweaters made of cotton; wool and some synthetics provide insulation, even when wet.
  • Do not leave your pet alone in a car. It gets too cold and can quickly become a freezer, causing hypothermia and possibly death.
  • Be careful of fireplaces and portable heaters. Keep fireplaces screened and heaters out of reach, as pets may chew the cord or knock it over and cause a fire.
  • Like people, dogs and cats are more susceptible to illnesses in the winter. Take your pet to your veterinarian if symptoms occur.

Dog igloo and doghouse donations may be delivered to the Seattle Animal Shelter at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-PETS (7387), or view animals available for adoption online at www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

November is senior pet month – find a great companion and save big!

All through the month of November, you can save up to $115 if you adopt a senior cat and up to $190 if you bring home a senior dog. We will charge only $15 for all senior cat and dog adoptions (plus licensing, if applicable) throughout the entire month. In other words, we’ve waived all the fees associated with your adoption, including microchipping, vaccinations, required surgeries, and more. 

What qualifies as a senior pet? For cats and dogs, that means any pet 6 years of age or older. For critters, it depends on the pet! There are many benefits of adopting an older pet, including being past the teething stage, most are already house broken, many are looking for a family they can belong to, and all of them are wonderful animals looking for their second chance at a forever home. 

To learn more about the wonderful animals available for adoption, visit our website, follow the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Facebook page, or visit the shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle (Interbay). Be advised that many of our senior pets are in foster homes, and not at the shelter. We’ll be posting infographic resumes for senior pets looking for their new families all through the month.

Adopt, don’t shop!

Check out our educational booklet for families looking for a companion pet. We collaborated with our favorite local sheltering partner, Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC), and Mud Bay, our regional pet nutrition expert, to create this Newspapers in Education publication. All Seattle Times subscribers received it last weekend and now it’s off to schools across Puget Sound to be put to use in classrooms and encourage children and their parents to make educated choices about their companion pets.

Learn more at: http://www.seattletimes.com/nwshowcase/newspapers-in-education/pets-homes-are-habitats-too/


Do you need to license your cat, dog, goat or pig? No late fees or penalties in October!

This month, pet owners in Seattle can take advantage of a “license amnesty period” to bring their expired pet licenses up to date or purchase new tags for animals not currently licensed, and the city will waive late fees and other penalties.

The easiest way to purchase or renew a pet license is online at www.seattleanimalshelter.org, said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter acting director. Pet owners can also obtain or renew a license through the mail or at numerous locations throughout Seattle, including the shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., and the city’s customer service centers. Visit http://www.seattle.gov/animal-shelter/license/purchase-or-renew-a-license for a list of payment locations.

“Many pet owners forget to renew their licenses,” Graves said. “This amnesty period will allow those owners to get caught up without having to pay extra fines that could add up to hundreds of dollars. If you live in Seattle and have an unlicensed pet, this is a great time to get its license up to date.”

Graves explained that many people are unaware how a pet license helps to save other animals’ lives.

“Fees from pet licenses help support the Seattle Animal Shelter’s lifesaving work, such as animal rescue, rehabilitation and adoption, criminal investigation of animal cruelty and providing medical care, including low-cost spay and neuter services,” she said. “Your pet license helps your community and saves lives. It’s a little tag that has a big impact.”

Pet licenses also benefit individual pets. A pet license tells the finder of a lost pet or the shelter that the animal is owned and not a stray that should be kept or adopted out, said Graves. The tag provides the shelter’s phone number, giving a good Samaritan an easy way to help without having to find a microchip scanner. And shelter officers that encounter lost pets will use license information to contact owners immediately and many times give those pets a ride home.

In Seattle, owners must license all cats, dogs, miniature goats and potbellied pigs. One-year license fees are as follows:

  • Cats: $22 (altered) and $33 (unaltered)
  • Dogs: $30 (altered) and $51 (unaltered)
  • Goats: $20
  • Pigs: $120 for the first year, $30 each subsequent year

More information about Seattle pet license fees is available online at http://www.seattle.gov/animal-shelter/license/licensing-fees.

The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-PETS (7387), or view animals available for adoption online at www.seattleanimalshelter.org.