New date/time for the licensing and rabies vaccination clinic

The Seattle Animal Shelter “Protect Your Pet” licensing and vaccination clinic is on a new schedule. Beginning this month, the clinic will be open every third Saturday, from 10-11:30 a.m.

These monthly clinic events are hosted in partnership with Good Neighbor Vet, which provides the vaccinations in its mobile unit.  This month’s clinic takes place on Saturday, March 18 in the shelter parking lot at 2061 15th Ave. W.

Cats and dogs are required to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies under Seattle Municipal Code 9.25.050 and Washington Administrative Code 246-100-197. One- to two-year pet license fees range from $24 to $70 for spayed and neutered pets and $75 to $200 for unaltered pets.

The Protect Your Pet events offer services on a first-come, first-served basis. All dogs must be leashed, and all cats must be in carriers. Previous vaccination records are not required, but you are encouraged to bring them, if available. Additional vaccinations and microchips will be available for an added fee.

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Pet of the Week: Snoop

Snoop is a tail-wagging sweetheart ready to shower his family with unconditional love.

Attention Labrador lovers, the ultimate Chocolate Labrador Retriever is waiting for you! Snoop (ID 34453069), is a tail-wagging sweetheart. He needs a high-energy home where he will get lots of exercise. You’ll never be without his love – he always wants to be with his family and in the middle of the action. Snoop is treat-motivated and will make an excellent walking companion. He will need a cat-free home.

If you’re interested in meeting a curious, exuberant, confident, strong, playful, smiling buddy, look no further. Snoop’s your guy.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. We are open noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, for adoptions and licensing. For more information, visit

Pet of the Week: Shadow

Shadow loves to show off her size by standing up!

Meet Shadow (ID 29077100) — she used to be called Thumper, but now goes by Shadow because she loves to follow her human companions around when she’s free to roam. She’s large, sweet and smart — one of her favorite tricks is standing up so you can see how big she is. She loves to eat, lounge, explore, get pet and play with the household cats. Since she’s a big rabbit, she’ll need a big space and a house that will let her roam.

Shadow also needs someone that will take the time to get to know her and listen to the sound of her breathing. She has issues with sniffles and wheeziness, and while normally she handles it fine, sometimes she gets stuffed up and needs a liquid antibiotic to feel better again. Her ideal forever home will include someone willing to bake her favorite healthy rabbit treats — she even comes with the recipe.

If Shadow sounds like she might be a match for you, learn more by reading her profile and finding out how you can meet her.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. We are open noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, for adoptions and licensing. For more information, visit

A happy reunion, “Haku” goes home

Haku went missing in late January 2017 and was reunited with his owner at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

The greying black lab was panting and wagging his tail furiously – Haku had just seen Rick Osterhout, and he knew he was going home.

In 2016, the Seattle Animal Shelter reunited 493 dogs with their owners. Haku was one of the first in 2017.

On Friday, Jan. 28, Haku went missing when he snuck out through Osterhout’s back door. Osterhout posted Haku’s photo on multiple websites, including his neighborhood watch in Ravenna.

“A lost dog in an urban setting is really tough because he’s a dark color and it’s dark outside at night,” said Osterhout.

Haku was one of five dogs in the Osterhout family. Sadly, in January the family had to put down three of their dogs due to old age, and losing Haku would have been devastating. As part of his search for Haku, Osterhout checked the SAS “Found Pets at the Shelter” webpage and saw that field officers had picked up a male black lab mix in the Ravenna area.

“I saw the area and his description and knew it was Haku,” said Osterhout.

When the shelter lobby opened at noon the next day, Osterhout was there. He walked through the dog kennels and couldn’t mistake Haku’s excited bark. From the dog’s expression, Osterhout knew Haku was ready to go home.

Osterhout said he and his wife bought a motorhome specifically for their five dogs to take on travel adventures, and he is happy Haku will be able to enjoy these trips again.

“My wife would signal, ‘ready!’ and we would let the door open for all the dogs to run out at once,” said Osterhout. “They were some of my best memories.”

We’re thrilled to have helped reunite the Osterhouts with their beloved Haku, and want to help others get their happy endings. If you’ve lost a pet in or near the Seattle area, list your pet in our Lost and Found Database, and see the found animals we currently have at the shelter. Visit the Lost Pets section of our website for more information and resources.

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Pet of the Week: Cali

Meet Cali – serious about belly scratches!

Cali (ID 29025971) is sweet, snuggly and serious about belly scratches. She loves laying around the house and playing with toys while rolling back and forth. She’s a bit older — but she doesn’t know that! She has the enthusiasm and sweetness of a younger girl. Although she had problems with allergies, they are now under control thanks to some special food and a teeny tiny pill every three days (which she eats right up!).

Once you meet Cali you’re sure to love her and won’t mind her small extra needs. If you want a cuddle buddy with limitless love to give, get in touch with us and make Cali part of your home. Check out her profile to learn more about how to meet her, or visit our website to see other adoptable animals or learn about the adoption process.