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Kittens, kittens, kittens at Seattle’s “Kitty Hall”

Fourth annual event encourages cat adoptions, highlights foster program

It was kittens abound on Monday, Aug. 21, as Seattle City Hall became “Kitty Hall” for the day, renamed in a proclamation by Mayor Murray. The fourth annual Kitty Hall event highlighted the Seattle Animal Shelter’s adoptable cats and its foster program. Twenty kittens were on hand, and the centerpiece of the event – the kitten tent – returned, this time with two tents in which the public was invited to play with the kittens.

Before the event began, two kittens visited Mayor Murray in his office before he arrived to tour Kitty Hall and great attendees. Shelter staff processed adoption applications on-site, and seven kittens found their forever homes. Staff and volunteers provided a photo booth for eager kitten cuddlers, and they offered attendees information about pet licensing, shelter programs and services and other adoptable animals.

During the event, donations were collected to vote in the Kitty Council election, which featured three adult cats campaigning to be the “Kitty Council president” – complete with platforms like pet licenses for cats, the importance of spaying and neutering and, of course, catnip for all. Rita, a 12-year-old domestic shorthair mix, won the election and was named the Kitty Council president.

The Mayor’s Kitty Hall proclamation is available here:

Photos of the event are available here:

The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-PETS (7387) or visit