The Seattle Animal Shelter is seeking qualified applicants to fill an Animal Foster Care Coordinator position. Reporting to the Manager of Volunteer Programs and Fundraising, this position provides a unique opportunity to contribute to sustaining the Seattle Animal Shelter’s current gold standard save rate for animals, which is currently 93%. This position will provide general oversight of the Seattle Animal Shelter Foster Care Program that channels approximately 700-1,000 animals annually through the foster care program. If you’re interested, please apply online by 4 p.m. Pacific Time, Dec. 17, 2013. To find quickly find this job announcement, search on the keyword “foster” when you get to this website: http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default_neogov.asp
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If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent for cats and kittens from the Seattle Animal Shelter, plan to attend a free orientation session, offered the first Sunday of each month – this month on Dec. 1 – from 2-3:30 p.m. The session will be held in the upper level conference room of the shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W.
Please sign up for the orientation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30. Once you have signed up, you will receive an orientation packet to bring with you. Orientation will be cancelled if there are no sign-ups.
The Seattle Animal Shelter relies on volunteers to provide temporary foster care in their homes to rehabilitate and nurture sick, injured and immature cats and kittens or to just give adoptable cats a break from the shelter environment.
“Volunteers have told us this is a perfect project for the whole family and provides an opportunity for children to learn about the joys and responsibilities of having an animal without making a long-term commitment,” says Shelter Director Don Jordan. “The ultimate beneficiaries are the pets who are nurtured by their foster families, and the families who adopt them.”
Jordan says the foster care program is quite simple. You provide food and a temporary home; the Seattle Animal Shelter will provide any necessary veterinary care. The shelter’s “Help the Animals Fund” subsidizes the costs associated with the foster care program including all pre-approved vet care.
If you attend an orientation session you are under no obligation to foster an animal. The orientations are just the first step in the process. Each prospective foster parent is provided with a foster-care manual and a “case manager” who provides advice and answers questions.
For more information or additional directions call (206) 386-7387 (PETS) or go to www.seattleanimalshelter.org.
While they don’t have to clear the table or do the dishes after the Thanksgiving feast, your pets can be susceptible to some of the same holiday hazards as people, including stress from entertaining guests and overindulging.
“Holidays are stressful enough,” said Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, Medical Director of the Spay and Neuter Clinic at the Seattle Animal Shelter. “The last thing you want to deal with after a long day of cooking, entertaining and cleaning, is a cat or dog sick from stress or overeating.”
Dr. Zoulas has offered some tips on how to make this Thanksgiving a safe one for the furry members of your family.
Keep the stress level down. This is as important for your pets as it is for you.
- Stick as closely as possible to your normal routine. Try not to vary the times you feed, walk, or play with your pet.
- If possible give your pet a little special attention before the guests arrive at your home or prior to leaving, if you plan to feast elsewhere.
- If you are hosting Thanksgiving, remember that not everyone is comfortable around dogs and that your dog may not be comfortable with unfamiliar people.
- Give your pet a place to retreat to if things become too noisy or hectic for him. This may be his crate or a room that is safe and away from the flow of traffic. Make sure that you provide fresh water and a litter box for your cat. To make sure he doesn’t feel ignored, give him something to keep him occupied like a made-for-dog chew-bone or a toy your cat likes to play with on his own.
Oh my! It is hard to tell where to begin. Thanksgiving food can be a minefield for your dog or cat, so here we go:
- Scraps from the table should not be given to your dog or cat either intentionally or by accident. Keep an eye on those picky eaters who want to “share” with your pets.
- There are a number of foods that are absolute no-no’s for your dog or cat. These include (but may not be limited to):
- turkey bones
- turkey skin
- raw turkey
- bread dough
- raw batter (cake or cookie)
- onions – raw or cooked
- walnuts and macadamia nuts
- sage or other herbs that contain essential oils. Cats are especially sensitive.
- Never give your dog or cat alcohol. Be selfish and save the alcohol for your own pleasure.
- Remember that your floral arrangement on the table may look like a fresh salad to your cat, so keep him from taking a mouthful or two.
- One man’s garbage may be your pet’s treasure. Make sure that the string, foil, paper, butter wrapper, plastic coverings and bones that you intend to throw away do not get foraged and scavenged by your pet. They are crafty creatures and can eat the unthinkable in the blink of an eye.
“Despite all my good advice, I have found that I am absolutely unable to ignore the pleading eyes of my dog or the plaintive mews of my grandcat,” said Dr. Zoulas.
With that in mind, Dr. Zoulas offers these acceptable ways to include your pet in Thanksgiving:
- You may give your dog a few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato, green beans, sweet potatoes or even a tongue-swipe of pumpkin pie. The operative words here are “few” and “small.” Like us, pets will pay for overindulgence/overeating of Thanksgiving treats.
- You may share Thanksgiving with your cat by giving him a sliver of cooked white turkey meat or cooked giblet. Rather than pie, give him a taste of plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix).
Most importantly, enjoy the holiday! Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to all.
The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Wednesday through Sunday, 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.
Have your kids been begging for a pet of their own? If you’re ready to give in, but are still afraid you don’t have the space for a dog or maybe someone in your household is allergic to cats, the Seattle Animal Shelter has the perfect solution: start small.
Come on down to the shelter on Saturday, Nov. 16, for Cool City Pets, an adoption event highlighting small animals looking for their forever homes. From 1-3 p.m., potential adopters can meet the many small animals available for adoption from the shelter, including: rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, birds, reptiles, ferrets, mice and more.
Volunteer small-animal specialists will be on hand to help adopters find the right pet for them. They provide information about each animal’s characteristics and needs, demonstrate basic care and handling skills, and answer questions. The Seattle Animal Shelter features Cool City Pets the third Saturday of every month.
All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Animals may be adopted by adults only. Adopters must be prepared to provide proper housing, food, water, toys and other materials necessary for the care and good health of the animal. The adoption fee for small animals ranges from $15-$40.
The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W, about a mile south of the Ballard Bridge. If you would like more information or directions, please call 206-386-7387 (PETS) or visit the shelter’s website at http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org.
The shelter is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon-6 p.m. for adoptions and for licensing.
The Seattle Animal Shelter reserves the right to approve or deny any animal adoptions and limits the number of small animal adoptions to no more than three per household.
The Seattle Animal Shelter will host a cat adoptathon on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at the Capitol Hill Mud Bay, 1514 Broadway, Seattle. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features numerous kittens and cats of different breeds. Cats available at this event have been living with foster parents, who are available at the event to share information about the personality and habits of the cats with potential adopters, helping to make a perfect match!
“With our monthly neighborhood adoptathons, we hope to continue to spread the word about the joys and value of adopting shelter pets and saving lives. If you have room in your home and your heart for an orphaned animal, this is a great opportunity to come and see some of the wonderful pets available from our foster-care parents,” says Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director.
Adoption prices range from $45 to $135 (plus applicable license fees) and include:
- Initial vaccinations
- Feline Leukemia testing
- Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
- Spay or neuter
The Seattle Animal Shelter has a foster-care program to rehabilitate sick and immature dogs and cats. Donations from the city’s “Help the Animals Fund” pay for veterinary care for these animals while they are being fostered.
The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. It is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. The phone number is 206-386-7387 (PETS). Animals available for adoption can be viewed online athttp://www.seattleanimalshelter.org