The Seattle Animal Shelter will be closed on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. The holiday falls on a Saturday, but the federal holiday is observed on Friday.
If you find a stray animal, please care for the animal until the shelter’s next business day. The shelter will re-open on Sunday, July 5, at noon. If you have a life-threatening situation involving a human, please call 911.
If you need emergency care for an injured animal, the following veterinary hospitals will be open on the holidays:
Animal Critical Care & Emergency Services
11536 Lake City Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98125
Emerald City Emergency Clinic
4102 Stone Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
The Seattle Animal Shelter offers the following tips to protect pets on the Fourth of July:
- Keep pet indoors or otherwise secured when fireworks are being shot off.
- Consult your veterinarian beforehand if you think your pet may benefit from being tranquilized.
- Take your pet outside to relieve itself before it gets dark.
- If you take your pet to a park, do not leave it locked in a car.
- Do not take your pet to public fireworks displays.
- Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification, such as a current pet license.
If a pet wearing its license shows up at the animal shelter, the owner is notified via telephone. If an officer finds a licensed pet in the field, it will be returned to its owner instead of being taken to the shelter. Experience shows that often an injured animal wearing a license is more likely to receive life saving veterinary care if the owner cannot be contacted immediately.
The costs for pet licenses are:
- Dog: one-year $40 ($20 if spayed or neutered); or two-years $62 ($30 if spayed or neutered).
- Cat: one-year $25 ($15 if spayed or neutered); or two-years $40 ($22 if spayed or neutered).
The Seattle Animal Shelter is open every day from noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions, and from 9 a.m. for licensing. For more information, please call (206)386-PETS(7387).