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 https://seattleanimalshelterfoundation.org.

For more information about the SPD K-9 unit and Ziva, visit https://www.seattle.gov/police/about-us/about-policing/k9.

For more information about Seattle retired K-9s, visit http://www.retiredpolicedogs.com.

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 http://www.seattle.gov/animal-shelter/license.

Every day is “Spay Day” at the Seattle Animal Shelter

Feb. 27, 2018 was officially World Spay Day, but every day is Spay Day at the Seattle Animal Shelter. The Seattle Animal Shelter has been working since 1982 to ensure that all dogs, cats and rabbits are spayed and neutered, regardless of access to services or an owner’s ability to pay for fees. To celebrate the work of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic, the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation has underwritten all spay and neuter packages during the week of World Spay Day.

“Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life,” said Dr. Jennifer Bennett, Seattle Animal Shelter’s medical director. “Spaying can reduce the risk of serious health issues such as pyometra, uterine cancer and mammary cancer. Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and may lower the risk of prostate cancer and hyperplasia. Spaying and neutering also reduce the desire to roam.”

Appointments for this week are already booked, but if your pet needs a spay or neuter, you can schedule an appointment for a later date by emailing spayneuterclinic@seattle.gov. Surgeries cost between $144-$186 for dogs, $102-$108 for cats and $90 for rabbits. While there is no residency requirement, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed. You may purchase a license on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $24 for cats and $35 for dogs; a license is not required for rabbits.

The Seattle Animal Shelter also recommends having your pet – dog, cat or rabbit – microchipped while it is at the clinic for surgery. Microchips are invaluable in ensuring a successful reunion if your pet gets lost or stolen.

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

  • Donate to the “Pet Population Control Fund” at the Seattle Animal Shelter. This fund provides financial assistance year-round to pet owners who cannot afford the cost of spaying and neutering. It needs to be replenished constantly to maintain the clinic’s ability to provide resources to those in need. Please consider making a donation to the Pet Population Control Fund to help the clinic continue to save lives.
  • 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 can help those in need with discounted or free spay/neuter surgeries.

“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.

To learn more about the Seattle Animal Shelter’s services or to donate to the Pet Population Control Fund, visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org or call 206-386-4260.

2018 Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation calendar available now


If you’re looking for a gift that gives back or need a 2018 calendar filled with adorable dogs and cats, then the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation 2018 Wall Calendar is a great option. For the first time, it’s available on Amazon.com and Prime shipping is included. Cost is $25 and proceeds go to support animal welfare, health and happiness at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

The calendar features dogs and cats who are beloved pets of Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation supporters. Every year at SASF’s Raining Cats and Dogs Auction, the bidding to win the cover or a month on the calendar is highly competitive and coveted. And SASF is happy to share the end result just in time for the holiday season before we head into 2018.

Cover and calendar pet photos were done by Emily Reiman of Best Friend Photography. Order your SASF 2018 Calendar today as limited quantities are available. Your purchase supports Seattle’s homeless animals as they await their forever homes. To learn more about the work of SASF, please visit seattleanimalshelterfoundation.org.

Santa Paws is coming (back) to town

We know your pet is part of your family, so when it comes time for this year’s holiday photos, bring them in for a photo-op with Santa!

From 1-4 p.m. on the next three Saturdays (Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16), visit Petco Interbay (2001 15th Ave. W., Seattle) and have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Paws.

This annual fundraiser benefits the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, which supports the Seattle Animal Shelter’s programs and initiatives by engaging our community, increasing awareness and raising funds. The $20 Santa Paws package includes:

  • A photo strip with three festive shots from The SnapBar for you to take home.
  • An online gallery to download your high-resolution digital photos.
  • Fun props and a festive background.

This a great way to capture an adorable holiday memory while supporting the Seattle Animal Shelter’s lifesaving work.

We want to make sure your furry family members are safe and happy. All dogs should be on leashes, and cats and other critters should be in carriers. No appointments are necessary. For more information, email marketing@seattleanimalshelterfoundation.org.

Santa Paws is coming (back) to town

We know your pet is part of your family, so when it comes time for this year’s holiday photos, bring them in for a photo-op with Santa!

From 1-4 p.m. on the next three Saturdays (Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16), visit Petco Interbay (2001 15th Ave. W., Seattle) and have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Paws.

This annual fundraiser benefits the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, which supports the Seattle Animal Shelter’s programs and initiatives by engaging our community, increasing awareness and raising funds. The $20 Santa Paws package includes:

  • A photo strip with three festive shots from The SnapBar for you to take home.
  • An online gallery to download your high-resolution digital photos.
  • Fun props and a festive background.

This a great way to capture an adorable holiday memory while supporting the Seattle Animal Shelter’s lifesaving work.

We want to make sure your furry family members are safe and happy. All dogs should be on leashes, and cats and other critters should be in carriers. No appointments are necessary. For more information, email marketing@seattleanimalshelterfoundation.org.