SEATTLE — Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, the cost to adopt dogs and cats from the Seattle Animal Shelter will increase. The increase, which was adopted as part of the 2010 budget, includes increased fees for spaying and neutering, increased license fees for dogs only, and the cost of vaccinations, which was previously absorbed by the shelter.
“If you have been considering adopting a dog or cat, now would be a good time to visit us, or our web site, and see all of the wonderful pets looking for their forever homes. Adopting a pet from a shelter gives a homeless animal a second chance in life and is a great value as it includes vaccinations, microchip, your pet’s first vet visit, and spay/neuter surgery. And if you adopt before the end of the year, you will be able to take advantage of the lower price,” said Shelter Director Don Jordan.
The spay and neuter fee increases will allow the clinic to fully recover expenditures while continuing to provide assistance to low-income pet owners through a special Pet Population Control Fund. The increase in the dog license fees will provide funds to retain two enforcement officers who provide field services.
The total cost for adopting a dog will now range from $202 to $237; and for a cat will range from $152 to $157. The costs break down as follows:
New license fees for dogs
$27 – one-year (altered); $47 – one-year (unaltered)
$37 – two-year (altered); $69 – two-year (unaltered)
New Spay/Neuter Surgery Fees
$90 – Cat spay; $85 – Cat neuter
$130 – Dog spay (less than 50 lbs.); $120 – Dog neuter (less than 50 lbs.)
$145 – Dog spay (50-80 lbs.); $135 – Dog neuter (50-80 lbs.)
$155 – Dog spay (more than 80 lbs.); $155 – Dog neuter (more than 80 lbs.)
$10 – Rabies (both cats and dogs)
$10 – DHLP-P (dogs only)
$10 – FvRCP (cats only)
Previously, adoption packages for dogs ranged from $145 to $180, and for cats from $102 to $107. The basic adoption fee ($5) and the fee for microchipping ($20) remain unchanged.
Discounted fees continue for anyone holding the city of Seattle’s “Gold Card” or “FLASH Card.” A cardholder is eligible to adopt a dog or cat aged six years or older, free of charge, and receive a 50-percent discount on a pet license. This offer is in addition to another program offering cardholders a 50-percent discount on adoption fees for cats aged 2 years or older.
Through the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens, residents of greater Seattle, who are 60 years of age or older, are eligible for the “Gold Card for Healthy Aging” and adults with disabilities are eligible for the “FLASH Card.”
For more information about the “Gold Card” and “FLASH Card” programs, call the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens at (206)684-0500.
The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for licensing, and noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions. It is located at 2061 – 15th Ave. W. The phone number is (206)386-PETS(7387). Animals available for adoption can be viewed online at http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org.
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