Only in Seattle Newsletter – August 2018

The Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.

In this edition:

  • Invitation to summertime social – Peer Networking at Tai Tung;
  • SODO’s track mural is the longest in the world;
  • Ballard’s Sidewalk Sale is this weekend;
  • Funding opportunities for business districts;
  • Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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Critter adoption event on Saturday – 50% off all fees*

Lina is a Himalayan/American rabbit, just one of many critters available for adoption at SAS.

At the Seattle Animal Shelter, we care for more than just dogs and cats. We have an entire volunteer team devoted to the care of critters – birds, reptiles, mice, rabbits, and more! If you’ve been thinking about adding a new pet to your family but perhaps want something smaller than a dog or cat, a critter may be the pet for you.

Come on down to the Seattle Animal Shelter from noon to 6 p.m., this Saturday, July 16 for a special critter adoption event with giveaways, a photo booth and more! Even better, receive 50 percent off all fees when you adopt a critter* during the month of July! Perhaps the perfect pet for your household will be “Argon” the mouse or “Chili” the chinchilla. “Spice” the guinea pig would love to spice up your home and “Penny” the rabbit would love to hop right in. All bad puns aside, critters make wonderful pets – we’d love to help make a perfect match and find the right critter for you.

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

*some exclusions apply

Winemarker Charles Smith donates $10K to the Seattle Animal Shelter

On Thursday, June 16, Mayor Ed Murray joined Washington winemaker Charles Smith and chef Matt Fortner of Tom Douglas Restaurants to present a $10,000 donation to Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan, to benefit the shelter’s “Help the Animals Fund.”

The donation was a result of the first-ever Charles Smith Wines Jet City meatball competition, which took place earlier this year. Six top Seattle chefs competed for a $5,000 donation to be made to the charity of their choice, and winning chef Matt Fortner selected the Seattle Animal Shelter. At the check presentation, Charles announced he would match the donation, bringing the total to $10,000.

“On behalf of the city of Seattle, I’d like to thank Charles Smith for his generous donation and Chef Fortner for selecting our animal shelter to receive these funds,” said Mayor Murray. “Seattle is full of animal lovers like Chef Fortner, and this donation is a much appreciated example of a unique and creative way to support animals.”

“I don’t usually use pets and wine in the same sentence, but my wines and the Seattle Animal Shelter are both about building community, so this donation makes sense,” said Smith. “I’m happy to be presenting the check today alongside chef Fortner.”

“The Help the Animals Fund pays for veterinary care for shelter animals, supports our foster and volunteer programs and promotes educational outreach to prevent homeless, unwanted and abused animals,” said Jordan. “We are incredibly appreciative of Charles Smith’s generosity and Chef Fortner’s support of the Seattle Animal Shelter.”

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World Spay Day success story: Miracle, Sweety and Angel

All of our clients who received subsidized spay and neuter surgeries for their pets during World Spay Day week (Feb. 22-26) were appreciative, but there was one client who was over the top with gratitude!

Vicky McMillan, of Auburn, has three very special Pitkita (Pitbull/Akita) pups — “Miracle,” “Sweety” and “Angel.” Last summer, her neighbor’s dog had eight puppies, then developed mastitis. At that point, the owner should no longer let the mother nurse, but was not in a position to hand-raise the pups. Vicky took it upon herself to take in all eight pups and bottle-fed each one.

As she was unemployed, she could devote the time and attention needed to take on this enormous project — each time one round of feeding was done, it was just about time to start again! Vicky, of course, developed close bonds to the pups and ended up keeping four of them.

Fast forward to February 2016. The puppies were 8 months old and it was time to get them spayed and neutered. Although Vicky wanted to do the right thing, she could not afford the spay surgeries. A neighbor watching the news learned of our World Spay Day promotion and alerted Vicky, who called just in time to nab the last three dog slots for surgery.

On the last day of our “Spay Day Week,” we were able to spay “Miracle,” “Sweety” and “Angel” at no charge to Vicky, and her fourth pup, “Jack,” is coming to see us in April for his neuter procedure! We are happy we could help!

Mayor Murray officially opens the new Seattle Animal Shelter remodeled cat and critter areas

Mayor Murray joined Seattle Animal Shelter staff, volunteers and donors today to officially open the shelter’s newly remodeled cat and critter areas. The nonprofit Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation and private donors to the shelter generously provided much of the funding for this project, which provided updated and more flexible spaces for the animals.

“Seattle is a city that loves its animals, as the massive crowds at our Kitty Hall events prove year after year,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “These renovated spaces at the animal shelter provide more room for the animals and their adopters as they get to know each other. Shelter staff and volunteers will be able to provide better care for the animals as they help them find forever homes.”

The construction project called for an extensive upgrade of the cat room and critter area. The renovation of the cat adoption rooms more than doubled the typical cat housing unit footprint and provides flexibility for population variations. Three cat roaming rooms were added, allowing cats areas to play and increasing interaction with potential adopters. Critters were moved into a dedicated room with rabbit housing units, adjustable shelves for small critters and an abundance of daylight.

Taking advantage of the construction staging, the city expanded the project scope to include a new veterinary exam room, volunteer reception desk in the lower level lobby area and workspace for the foster care coordinator. Contractors also installed guillotine-style transfer doors in the dog kennels to provide increased staff safety when handling the dogs. Structural upgrades were completed on the electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems, including maximizing efficiency of existing equipment to allow more fresh air to reach the animals.

The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation contributed $220,000 for the original cat and critter rooms remodel and an additional $65,000 for the veterinary exam room. Other funding sources include $200,000 from the shelter’s Help the Animals and Shelter Expansion funds and $1.6 million from other city funds. The total project cost, which included the additional structural work, was $2.1 million.

“The new cat and critter areas offers improved space for our staff, volunteers and, most importantly, the animals we care for,” said Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director. “Cats and critters now enjoy a more flexible and stimulating environment that better showcases them to potential adopters. We are so thankful to the foundation and its supporters for their generous contributions.”

During construction, cats and critters were housed in temporary animal care trailers. Dogs were also relocated to a trailer during the day to remove them from construction noise within the shelter facility, but were returned to the dog kennels each evening. Leading up to and during construction, the shelter sought additional foster families to give the animals a temporary home and break from the shelter environment. Almost 90 new foster families stepped up and more than 200 animals were placed into foster care during the project.

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 206-386-7387 (PETS), or view animals available for adoption online at Adoptable pets are also featured on “Pet of the Week” on the Seattle Channel at

Photo credit: City of Seattle

Left to right: (1) Adoptable cat Raja perches on a climbing wall in a cat roaming room. (2) Mayor Murray addresses the crowd as Shelter Director Don Jordan stands by. (3) Shelter Director Don Jordan, Mayor Murray and Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation President Julie Pitt were on hand for the opening of the new cat and critter suites. (4 and 5) Mayor Murray, Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan and Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation President Julie Pitt “cut the yarn” to open the shelter’s new cat and critter suites.