Seattle Animal Shelter offers free spay/neuter services Feb. 22-26

To commemorate Feb. 23, 2016, as “World Spay Day,” the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering free spay/neuter surgeries to area pets scheduled for surgery Feb. 22-26, 2016. Space is limited; to schedule an appointment, call 206-386-4260. This promotion is possible in part because of a generous grant from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

“Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, director of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic. “It can reduce the risk of serious health problems, eliminate undesirable behaviors such as fighting and spraying and reduce inter-dog aggression.”

These surgeries usually cost between $120-$155 for dogs, $85-$90 for cats and $75 for rabbits. While there is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $22 for cats/$30 for dogs, and a two-year license is $30 for cats/$40 for dogs.

Dr. Zoulas also recommends having your pet – dog, cat or rabbit – microchipped while it is at the clinic for surgery, as microchips are invaluable for the peace of mind provided by this permanent means of identification should your pet ever become lost or stolen. Microchipping is available at the time of surgery for $30.

Dogs, cats and rabbits can be spayed or neutered at 4 months of age or older. Dr. Zoulas and her team are excited to again extend their World Spay Day promotion to include rabbits, the third most popular pet in Seattle. While clinic staff have been providing spay and neuter services to the rabbits adopted from the shelter for nearly 20 years, they only began providing this service to the public four years ago. Clinic staff are pleased with the enthusiastic response of rabbit owners to this program.

“Spaying and neutering are safe, routine surgeries that prevent animals from breeding,” says Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan. “This annual effort helps end the suffering of unwanted and homeless animals in our community by preventing unplanned litters.”

This year’s special offer of the free spay/neuter surgery is also partially funded by the city’s “Pet Population Control Fund,” which provides financial assistance year-round to pet owners who cannot afford the cost of spaying and neutering.

“Spay Day” is an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. Each February, animal shelters and animal welfare agencies worldwide join forces to promote spaying and neutering of pets as the most effective and humane ways to decrease the euthanasia of homeless animals in shelters throughout the world.

There are several ways you can celebrate Spay Day in February and throughout the year:

  • Donate to the “Pet Population Control Fund” at the Seattle Animal Shelter.
  • Turn in a litter. As part of an ongoing Seattle Animal Shelter program, anyone who turns in a litter of puppies or kittens to the shelter is eligible for a free spay or neuter for the parent animal(s). In return, the shelter guarantees the adoption of the kittens and puppies, if they are adoptable.
  • Talk to your friends, neighbors and family about getting their pets spayed or neutered. Year-round the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic is able to help those in need with discounted or free spay/neuter surgeries.

For more information about Spay Day Seattle, to make a donation to the Pet Population Control Fund or to learn more about other Seattle Animal Shelter services, call 206-386-7387 (PETS), or visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

Looking for love? Meet your match at the Seattle Animal Shelter

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and the Seattle Animal Shelter is celebrating with a special “Meet Your Match” adoption promotion. From Feb. 9-14, adopters will pay only applicable pet license fees (a savings of up to $210). Adopters will also receive a special goody bag to celebrate their new love.

To ensure excellent matches between adopters and pets, the Seattle Animal Shelter uses a screening process, which can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/animal-shelter/adopt.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, the shelter will also host an open house, featuring sweet treats for humans and pets, a fun matchmaking questionnaire and plenty of adorable animals. Volunteers will be on hand to help guests find their perfect match and a photo booth will be available for fun Valentine’s themed pictures. The Seattle Animal Shelter mascot will be available for photos, hugs and high fives.

Not ready to adopt? You can still join the fun and support the animals! All community members are encouraged to join the festivities. To show some extra love, you can purchase or renew your pet license, or drop off a donation. Licensing and donations directly support the shelter’s lifesaving programs, which include foster care, humane law enforcement and a low-cost spay and neuter clinic.

Celebrate love at the Seattle Animal Shelter, which is open Tuesday-Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., and located at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. For more information, visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

Seattle Animal Shelter Dec. 25 pet license and vaccination clinic cancelled

The Seattle Animal Shelter has cancelled the “Protect Your Pet” license and vaccination clinic scheduled for Friday, Dec. 25.

The next “Protect Your Pet” clinic will take place from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. The Seattle Animal Shelter hosts this pet licensing and vaccination clinic from 3-6 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Bring your cat or dog to the shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle, and receive a free rabies vaccination with the purchase or renewal of the pet’s license. These monthly “Protect Your Pet” events are held in partnership with Good Neighbor Vet, which provides the vaccinations in its mobile unit.

For more information and updates, please see www.seattleanimalshelter.org and www.goodneighborvet.com.

Seattle Animal Shelter hosted temporary pet shelter at free medical clinic event

The Seattle Animal Shelter hosted a temporary pet shelter at the Seattle/King County Clinic event Oct. 22-25 at Seattle Center. Animal shelter staff and volunteers were on-site each day to care for pets whose owners were attending the free medical clinic inside Key Arena.

The Seattle Animal Shelter was honored to take part in this important event, which provided free medical, dental and vision care to 4,010 people. Shelter staff utilized the pet emergency trailer to establish a temporary pet shelter on the Seattle Center campus during the event. The trailer, purchased several years ago with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, is part of the City’s emergency preparedness plans and is equipped with supplies to support pets.

“We wanted to lend a helping hand to community members who needed a safe place for their pets while attending to their own medical needs,” said Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan.

Each day, beginning at midnight, shelter staff and volunteers opened the temporary pet shelter and began greeting people arriving for the clinic. In addition to caring for 23 wonderful dogs, pet shelter workers issued 31 vouchers for free spay and neuter surgeries and provided over 300 care packages with pet food and information about our shelter and other resources, such as the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic. Thanks to donations from local supporters, the shelter was also able to offer treats, toys, collars, leashes and 80 dog coats. Volunteers and staff were thrilled to be involved and made memorable connections with community members.

The Seattle Animal Shelter thanks Seattle Center, Public Health of Seattle and King County and the many other organizations that drove the event and invited the shelter to participate. Likewise, thanks are due to Regional Animal Services of King County, the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic and UW Center for One Health Research for their partnership in coordinating the temporary pet shelter, and to Mud Bay, Good Neighbor Vet, Pet Pros and Petco for their support.

For more information about the Seattle Animal Shelter and the services we provide, please visit http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org, call 206-386-7387 (PETS) or visit at 2061 15th Ave. W. The shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing.

Remember Me Thursday

On Thursday, Sept. 24, Seattle Animal Shelter staff participated in “Remember Me Thursday,” a global effort to honor the millions of pets who lose their lives without a loving home as well as to shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption.

We are fortunate that Seattle Animal Shelter is able to save so many lives and ensure that the animals who come through our doors meet the kindness and care of our shelter staff, volunteers, foster parents and adopters. On Remember Me Thursday, we stood united with pet lovers and animal welfare organizations around the globe in a worldwide pet candle-lighting ceremony.