SEATTLE – The Seattle Animal Shelter joins paws with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to recognize National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Nov. 7-13, 2010. The shelter and HSUS encourage Seattleites to take a closer look at the valuable role played by their animal shelter and its volunteers in enhancing the quality of life in this community.
“We are proud to provide Seattle with a variety of services and community programs,” says Shelter Director Don Jordan. “We invite anyone interested in animal welfare to visit the shelter during the week of Nov. 7. (Remember we’re closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.) Take this opportunity to visit with the animals, meet the staff and volunteers, and learn how you can help the animals. Your involvement will go a long way in saving animals’ lives.”
There are many good reasons for adopting from shelters. Adopting gives a homeless animal a second chance in life and there is an amazing variety of animals from which to choose – from mixed breeds to purebreds. Second, if you adopt an adult animal, you already know the animal’s size, looks and temperament. Finally, by adopting from a shelter, you help reduce the suffering caused by the country’s tremendous pet overpopulation problem.
“Here at the Seattle shelter, we couldn’t do our lifesaving work without our dedicated volunteers. Volunteers perform many important tasks, including fostering cats and dogs, walking and training dogs, promoting off-site adoptions, fundraising and marketing the animal shelter,” Jordan says. “Our volunteers are indispensable.”
The Seattle Animal Shelter provides services for animals and people alike: controlling dogs running at large, rescuing injured animals, returning lost pets to their owners, and adopting animals into new, loving homes. Shelter staff also offers personal guidance to pet owners and prospective pet owners.
Here are ways you can help the Seattle Animal Shelter:
· Donate pet supplies, such as new toys, treats, and blankets for animals at the shelter or in foster care.
· Spread the word about the importance of responsible pet ownership, including spaying and neutering.
· Become a part of the shelter’s volunteer program.
· Report animal abuse.
· Choose your next pet from among the many animals being cared for at the Seattle Animal Shelter.
For more information about the Seattle Animal Shelter or to inquire about volunteer opportunities go to www.seattleanimalshelter.org or call (206) 386-PETS (7387). The Shelter is open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. It is located at 2061 – 15th Ave. W.
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