Want to cuddle a kitten? Come to “Kitty Hall” on Thursday, Aug. 30

City Hall to become “Kitty Hall” for the day

Fifth annual Kitty Hall event return to raise awareness and encourage cat adoptions

The kittens are back! The fifth annual Kitty Hall returns to Seattle on Thursday, Aug. 30. Mayor Jenny Durkan will issue a proclamation renaming City Hall as “Kitty Hall” for the day, and the public is invited to meet, greet and, of course, cuddle kittens.

WHAT: Seattle Animal Shelter’s Fifth Annual Kitty Hall
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Seattle Kitty Hall’s Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 Fourth Ave.

Seattle Animal Shelter, which hosts the Kitty Hall event, will provide at least two tents where the public can spend a couple of minutes with roaming kittens. Also returning this year is the “Kitty Council,” which features adoptable adult cats vying to be named the “Kitty Council president.” The event will include a kitten photo booth and educational displays about the Seattle Animal Shelter and its programs, and Seattle residents will be able to purchase pet licenses for their cats and dogs.

Kitty Hall highlights the shelter’s foster care program and promotes shelter cat adoptions. Most of the kittens and the cats at Monday’s event will be available for adoption, and potential adopters at Kitty Hall can place “first choice” holds on their favorite kitten or cat.

“Kitty Hall is an amazing way for the Seattle Animal Shelter to highlight our adoptable kittens and cats and raise awareness about the lifesaving work that we do,” said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter executive director. “But we also love this event because of the joy it creates. It’s a family-friendly place where you can cuddle kittens – what’s not to love?”

The Seattle Animal Shelter will also be live streaming parts of the event on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SeattleAnimalShelter/.

Seattle Animal Shelter created the first Kitty Hall in 2014. At least nine other cities and rescue organizations across the United States have since adopted the idea for their own Kitty Hall events.

The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open 1-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-PETS (7387) or visit http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

Keep Calm and Prepare for the Fireworks








July Fourth should be a day of fun and celebration—not fretting over an anxious pet. Here’s how to keep your pet calm and safe during Fourth of July festivities, or any time you expect loud noises.

Be prepared:

  • Update all tag, pet licensing and microchip information. Use July Fourth as your annual reminder to check that all your contact information is current.
  • It may go without saying, but don’t bring pets to fireworks displays. If you do decide to take your dog out during the fireworks, be sure, as always, to keep it on a leash.
  • Don’t underestimate your pet’s ability to get away in a panic by jumping fences it’s never jumped before, slipping out the door, crawling into walls/under beds, etc. Its heightened state of anxiety can make your pet faster and slinkier.
  • Keep your pet indoors in the quietest room in the house, with the doors and windows closed. Cover the windows or keep your pet in a room without any windows so it feels safe.
  • Play soothing music or turn on a TV or fan to drown out anxiety-producing sounds. Familiar indoor sounds will be a comfort to your pet.
  • Distract the pet with its favorite toy, treat or game.
  • If you know your pet is anxious on the Fourth of July or is sensitive to sounds in general, speak with your vet about anti-anxiety medications, and stay home with your pet to monitor its behavior.

Should your pet go missing, refer to the following search tips and techniques:

  • If your pet is microchipped, reach out to the company where the chip is registered.
  • Visit your local animal shelter with a flyer including your pet’s picture and your information. Check back every few days as animals are held for three days before being evaluated for adoption.
  • For pets lost in Seattle, visit the Seattle Animal Shelter website for found pets as well as animals available for adoption. You may also call the shelter’s Lost Pet Hotline at 206-386-7387. Be sure to visit the shelter too.
  • Post large, bright, colorful signs featuring a photo of your pet around your neighborhood. Also post signs at veterinarians’ offices and stores that offer community posts.
  • Think about places your pet may have gone that are familiar. A park you frequent on walks? A neighbor who leaves the door open or treats outside?
  • Be internet and social media savvy. Post an ad on Craigslist or a neighborhood website such as West Seattle Blog, Nextdoor, or My Ballard.
  • Post pictures of your missing pet on your preferred social media channel and encourage your friends to share the post.

Meet Seattle Animal Shelter’s critters at Creeptacular, Saturday, Oct. 28

Terry the Tarantula is just one of the many critters that SAS has cared and found homes for. Meet available critters at Creeptacular!

The Seattle Animal Shelter will host its first Creeptacular event on Saturday, Oct. 28, from noon-3 p.m., featuring all available critters ready for adoption and spooky guests.

The event will include a photo booth with costume options as well as participation by the Washington Ferret Rescue and Shelter, the Northwest Hepatology group and a fleet of white guinea pigs. Guests will be able to hand-feed the critters with greens and berries, said Interim Volunteer Supervisor Laura Mundy.

“Creeptacular will bring much-needed attention to the variety of animals available for adoption at SAS and how different critters have very distinct and different needs,” said Mundy.

While many people think “dogs and cats” when it comes to adopting animals, not everyone realizes there are so many more choices at the Seattle Animal Shelter. SAS’ critter room houses animals like rabbits, turtles, guinea pigs and mice. And back in January 2017, SAS briefly cared for Terry – a tarantula!

Critter team volunteer Ellen Gawryla was amazed by the spider’s mellow-nature.

“He had the lightest little footsteps, and you could just kind of hold him,” said Gawryla.

When SAS created Terry’s online adoption profile, unfortunately there was no category option for “tarantula” or “spider.” Having a bit of fun, SAS instead categorized Terry as a llama, noting in his description that he was, in fact, a spider. And the fun continued on social media.

Sam Miller adopted Terry after he spent a month as Terry the llama.

“He’s just cool. I can watch him grow and move,” said Miller.

According to Miller, attention must be paid to Terry’s environment. Feeding him only two to three crickets a week, Miller controls the temperature and moisture level for Terry’s home to keep the spider happy. Although Terry was used to being handled at SAS before adoption, Miller does not force him to crawl around, since the spider’s exterior is extremely fragile.

Miller enjoys watching Terry make spider webs.

“When he makes his webs, he thinks he’s dancing,” said Miller. “He’s just a cool pet.”

The Creeptacular event is a great time to visit SAS and the critter room, which features a large variety of pets available for adoption.

“You may even spot a guinea pig in a costume if you’re lucky!” said Mundy.

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

It’s a guinea pig invasion!

It was guinea pigs galore on Tuesday, when nearly 100 guinea piggies arrived at Seattle Animal Shelter.

It started about three years ago with one pair of guinea pigs – a male and female. In time, it became an unimaginable 250 guinea pigs, all in one couple’s  Eastern Oregon home. The couple surrendered all the animals and we’ve been working with the Blue Mountain Humane Society in Walla Walla to help transfer many of the guinea pigs to find homes in Western Washington.

The Seattle Animal Shelter on Tuesday served as a transport hub by accepting nearly 100 guinea pigs, which were then transferred to other animal welfare organizations in the area. Local NBC-affiliate KING 5 was on the scene for the guinea pigs’ arrival, and Animal Care Manager Tracy Bahrakis was able to provide helpful information:

  • Guinea pigs can quickly reproduce.
  • Spaying and neutering is for more than just cats and dogs – yes, guinea pigs can be neutered.
  • When spaying and neutering is not an option, guinea pigs should be separated by gender.
  • If you find yourself with a growing critter (or any other animal) population, reach out to your local animal shelter for help before becoming overwhelmed.
  • When considering adding a critter to your family, opt to adopt from your local animal shelter.

We’re happy to have been able to partner with Blue Mountain Humane Society and other animal welfare organizations to help these animals in need.

Pet of the Week: Zoe

Zoe will be a loyal companion in her forever home.

Meet Zoe (ID 31366445) — she enjoys being around people and would love to stay near your computer, on your lap and by your head while you’re sleeping. Give her time to thrive in your household, and Zoe’s sweet personality will shine through like the sunshine she loves to bask in. Zoe has some quirks that will keep your household entertained, like using pet steps to jump more easily and going crazy over her catnip toys. She gets along well with other cats and would benefit from a calm and loving home. If you let her, Zoe will be the most loyal companion in your household.

While Zoe awaits her forever home, she’s in the loving care of one of our amazing foster parents. If you’re interested in Zoe, call the Foster Care Hotline at 206-684-0685 to arrange a meeting. For more information about the adoption process, visit http://www.seattle.gov/animal-shelter/adopt/adoption-process.

The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, for adoptions and licensing. For more information, visit our website at www.seattleanimalshelter.org.