Seattle Animal Shelter will be expanding its hours to better serve the public, providing more opportunity to adopt animals, redeem lost pets, bring in strays, surrender animals and participate in other shelter activities. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 9, the shelter will be open Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. The shelter was previously closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
“Seattle is a city that loves its pets, and it’s important to make it easy for families to adopt a new pet or even find a lost one,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The Seattle Animal Shelter is one of the premier municipal shelter programs in the country and the expanded hours will help us better deliver pet adoption and animal welfare services.”
The new hours were made possible in the City’s 2014 budget with the addition of six new positions – three humane law enforcement officers, two animal care officers and one administrative support staff – and a foster care coordinator funded by the shelter’s Help the Animals Fund.
“Council voted last year to increase the Seattle Animal Shelter’s welfare and adoption services,” said Councilmember Sally J. Clark. “Bill, our family’s dog, came to us from a shelter and I’m happy more families will be able to adopt with the increased hours.”
The additional staff allows the shelter to not only provide more services at its Seattle facility, but also to increase patrolling of Seattle’s parks and neighborhoods.
“We are excited to expand the shelter’s hours and make it more accessible to the public,” said Shelter Director Don Jordan. “The added staff will allow us to increase our animal welfare efforts and we hope being open one more day per week will result in an increase in the number of pets adopted.”
To talk with an adoption counselor or meet some of the pets available for adoption, visit the Seattle Animal Shelter at 2061 15th Ave. W., approximately one mile south of the Ballard Bridge. Adoptable pets can also be viewed online at www.seattleanimalshelter.org. For more information, visit the shelter’s website or call 206-386-7387 (PETS).