SEATTLE — The Seattle Animal Shelter launches its tenth annual doghouse drive to help pet owners in need. Through “Habitat 4 Hounds,” the shelter is accepting donations of new and used good-quality dog igloos through April 30, 2009. The dog igloos will be distributed to needy pet owners to provide protection from the weather for their pets.
“This is the time of year when many people are spring cleaning and clearing out unused items from their garages and basements. If you have a dog igloo that you no longer need, we hope you’ll consider donating to ‘Habitat for Hounds.’ With the rainy season upon us, we would like to prevent dog igloos from ending up in the landfill and provide as many dog shelters as possible to needy pet owners so they will be able to provide protection for their dogs all year,” says Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan.
The Seattle Animal Shelter will accept new and used dog igloos through April 30, 2009. The shelter reserves the right to refuse any item that is either badly soiled or in a state of disrepair. Dog igloos will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to anyone who is in need.
“Although we do not advocate leaving dogs to live outside, the reality is that people are losing their homes and ending up in housing situations which now force them to keep their dogs outside. Dog igloos are useful year-round, providing shade from the sun and protection from the rain,” adds Jordan.
The shelter is located at 2061 – 15th Ave. W., one mile south of the Ballard Bridge. It’s open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for licensing, and noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions. For more information, call (206)386-PETS (7386) or visit the website at www.seattleanimalshelter.org.
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