Volunteer, Foster Programs Keep Shelter Thriving

For more than 25 years, volunteers have dramatically improved the lives of pets at the Seattle Animal Shelter. In 1997 volunteers began to work in tandem with Shelter staff, completing tasks that fall outside of staff responsibilities. Volunteers make it easier for staff to focus on their core jobs while… [ Keep reading ]

Animal control officers reflect on change

In celebration of the Seattle Animal Shelter’s 50th anniversary, we take a look back at its history. From landlines and paper forms to cell phones and laptop computers, the profession of animal control officer (ACO) has changed considerably over the past 30 years. Three of the Seattle Animal Shelter’s long-time… [ Keep reading ]

Baby possums survive despite loss of mother

When urban life collides with wildlife it’s typically the animal that loses. In a recent case, a mother possum had been hit by a car and died, but those nearby knew to check her pouch. Their quick thinking saved eight baby possums, known as joeys, nestled safely inside. They brought… [ Keep reading ]

Protect your pets from high temperatures

The next summer heat wave is coming to the Seattle area as temperatures are forecast to reach more than 90 degrees. Protect your pets from the effects of high heat. The Seattle Animal Shelter provides the following tips to keep your pet safe when temperatures climb. 1) Never leave your… [ Keep reading ]

Take a closer look at that pigeon

That pigeon in your neighborhood may not be your typical bird. Seattle Animal Control Officer Kevin Mack reports several “banded” pigeons found in the city recently. “We’ve received at least two banded racing pigeons in the last couple weeks,” said Mack. “And I’ve had at least three sightings of banded… [ Keep reading ]

Building a shelter: 1972-1982

As we celebrate the Seattle Animal Shelter’s 50th anniversary this year we’re sharing a few stories from its history. In April 1972 the City Council voted to create a Division of Animal Control with a $214,000 annual budget and $92,356 appropriated from the City’s emergency fund. The Council also approved… [ Keep reading ]

Doors and hearts open for adoptions

50% off adoption fees through July 10! People lined up for their chance to adopt the perfect pet at the Seattle Animal Shelter’s open house on June 25. More than 20 animals found new homes that day: 12 kittens, four adult cats (including a bonded pair), three dogs, and one… [ Keep reading ]

Adoption Fees Reduced by 50% for Seattle Animal Shelter’s 50th Anniversary

Help match 50 pets with adopters and receive 50% off adoption fees to celebrate the Seattle Animal Shelter’s 50th anniversary. The shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave W. in Seattle, is hosting an open house on Saturday, June 25, 1-5 p.m., and offering 50% off adoption fees through July 10…. [ Keep reading ]

Dog walkers needed; apply today!

Summer has finally arrived and it’s time to get outside to enjoy it. Our dogs waiting for adoption at the Shelter would love to join you for a walk. Dog walkers are needed every day, weekends and holidays included, for two-hour scheduled shifts at least one day per week. Each… [ Keep reading ]

Runners, walkers, and rollers enjoy Furry 5K

Pups and their people showed up on June 12 for the annual Furry 5K, a key fundraiser hosted by the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation. The event was held in person at Seward Park in Seattle for the first time since 2019 and raised more than $100,000 to provide a safety… [ Keep reading ]