Posts categorized under Susan Stoltzfus, Author at The Scoop

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Animal Shelter celebrates 50th anniversary

50% off adoption fees extended through July 10! Fifty years ago the City of Seattle began operating its own animal shelter. Animal welfare was a hot topic at that time and Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman (1969-1977) received more than his fair share of letters about it. In 1972 he vetoed… [ Keep reading ]

Outdoor cats should stay close to home

Most lost cats are found very close to home. They have a higher likelihood of being reunited with their family if they have a safe place to stay in the neighborhood where they were found for just a short period of time instead of being brought right to the shelter…. [ Keep reading ]

Officer responds to free stuck muskrat

Animal Control Officer Kevin Mack found himself “unsticking” a stuck muskrat recently. A caring neighbor called about an animal trapped in a fence not far from the Animal Shelter. Mack asked them to send a photo and was surprised to see that it was a muskrat. There is no real… [ Keep reading ]