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‘Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet’ Day at Seattle Animal Shelter Wednesday, August 12

SEATTLE — Seattle Animal Shelter is joining in observing Aug. 12 as “Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day.”

“We want to call attention to the thousands of homeless pets who, for one reason or another, get overlooked,” says Kim Saunders, vice president of Shelter Outreach and Public Relations at  “It may be that the pet is simply shy and doesn’t put her best paw forward with potential adopters. Or perhaps he is a senior citizen.  Another less-adopted pet is the pit bull because sometimes the breed as a whole is given a bad rap because of bad behavior of one dog.”, the largest online database of homeless pets, has set aside Aug. 12 to focus on their hard-to-place pets.  More than 95 percent of Petfinder members surveyed are finding it especially hard to find homes for adoptable pets they have posted on 

“As part of our mission to ‘save one life at a time,’ we are happy to partner with Petfinder to help find loving homes for the many deserving animals we have at our shelter,” says Don Jordan, director of the Seattle Animal Shelter.

The shelter will feature their “less-adoptable-pets” for the whole week of Aug. 12 through Aug. 18.  During this week, all pets with the “less-adoptable-pets” designation will have their adoption and microchip fees waived.  (Please note: Licensing and Spay/Neuter fees will apply.)  These pets have been patiently waiting at the shelter for more than two months for their forever homes. 

One of these pets is “Chatty,” a Siamese-mix cat who is 11 years old.  Chatty was surrendered to the shelter because her owners had to move.  She is a sweet cat who loves to sit on your lap and, true to her name, Chatty also likes to carry on conversations with anyone who will listen. 


The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 – 15th Ave. W., approximately one mile south of the Ballard Bridge. The shelter is open seven days a week, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions, and from 9 a.m. for licensing. For more information, please call (206) 386- PETS (7387) or visit

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