The Scoop Blog Seattle Animal Shelter

Foster cats available for adoption at Rainier Community Center Aug. 8, 2009

SEATTLE — As part of its ongoing outreach efforts to find suitable permanent homes for foster animals, the Seattle Animal Shelter hosts a cat adoptathon on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Rainier Community Center, located at 4600 38th Ave. S. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features numerous cats of different breeds.

“By holding monthly adoptathons in neighborhoods throughout Seattle, we are able to spread the word about the joys of adopting shelter pets and saving lives. If you have room in your home and your heart for an orphaned animal, this is a great opportunity to come and see some of the wonderful pets available from our foster-care parents,” says Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director.

Adoption prices for cats range from $102 to $107 and include:

  • Initial vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • Feline Leukemia testing
  • Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip (About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is injected under the cat’s skin, providing an identification number associated with that animal. Animal shelters can then “scan” a lost animal and retrieve its records from the microchip.)
  • Two-year Seattle Pet License (if applicable)

To help reduce the number of animals euthanized, the Seattle Animal Shelter has a foster-care program to rehabilitate sick and immature dogs and cats. Donations from the city’s “Help the Animals Fund” pay for veterinary care for these animals.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is open every day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for licensing, and noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions. It is located at 2061 – 15th Ave. W. The phone number is (206)386-PETS(7387). Animals available for adoption can be viewed online at http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org

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Excessive heat expected: Seattle Animal Shelter urges pet owners to take precautions

SEATTLE – With weather forecasters expecting excessive heat to hit the Seattle area this week, the Seattle Animal Shelter reminds pet owners to exercise good judgment and use common sense when it comes to protecting their pets from the summer heat.

“Temperatures are predicted to be in the 90s, so we are sending out an urgent message to all pet owners to be especially careful to protect your pets,” says Don Jordan, director of the Seattle Animal Shelter. “Pet owners need to be especially mindful if they must leave pets in cars. In direct sunlight cars turn into lethal ovens, reaching fatal temperatures of 130 degrees or more within just a few minutes. Even dogs left locked in cars in the shade with the windows cracked on hot days are at risk of brain damage or death. Dogs must cool themselves through panting and their systems can’t handle high temperatures.”

If you must travel with your pet, Jordan advises carrying water for your pet, and avoiding trips where you have to leave the pet in the car. “It’s not worth the risk,”he says.

He offers the following tips for protecting pets during hot weather:

·         Never leave your animal chained or penned up directly in sunlight. Provide a shady area where the animal can retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.

·         If you must leave an animal indoors, open the windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.

·         Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Temperatures can exceed 130 degrees in a matter of minutes. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves through their lungs by panting. Hot air can lead to brain damage or death. Also, be aware that vinyl seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws. Remember, with the movement of the sun, a vehicle originally parked in the shade may soon be in direct sunlight. 

·         Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but obesity, old age, underlying disease and previous bouts of heat stroke can predispose an animal to the condition.

Feathered friends:

·         Take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon.

·         Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

Pet owners can be held criminally liable for committing cruelty to animals if a pet dies, or is found suffering from heat prostration. If you see an animal that may be in need of assistance or if you have questions, contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at (206) 386-PETS (7387).

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Seattle Animal Shelter presents “Cool City Pets”

SEATTLE — The Seattle Animal Shelter continues showcasing “cool city pets” for adoption every third Saturday of the month – this month on July 18. Between the hours of noon and 3 p.m., potential adopters can get acquainted with the many small animals available for adoption from the shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., about a mile south of the Ballard Bridge. Available small animals include hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice.

“The Seattle Animal Shelter isn’t just about cats and dogs anymore,” says Director Don Jordan. “Because of our tremendous success in adopting out cats and dogs, we are now entrusted with the lives of all animals when pet owners can no longer care for them. Adopting an animal from the Seattle Animal Shelter is the right thing to do.”

Volunteer small-animal specialists are on hand to help adopters find the right pet for them. They provide information about each animal’s characteristics and needs, demonstrate basic care and handling skills, and answer questions.

All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Animals may be adopted by adults only. Adopters must be prepared to provide proper housing, food, water, toys and other materials necessary for the good health of the animal. The adoption fee for small animals ranges from $5 to $25.

If you would like more information or directions, please call (206) 386-PETS(7387) or visit the shelter’s website at http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org. The shelter is open every day, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for licensing.

The Seattle Animal Shelter reserves the right to approve or deny any animal adoptions and limits the number of small animal adoptions to no more than three per household.

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Foster cats available for adoption at Phinney Neighborhood Association July 18

SEATTLE — As part of its ongoing outreach efforts to find suitable permanent homes for foster animals, the Seattle Animal Shelter hosts a cat adoptathon on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at Phinney Neighborhood Association, located at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features numerous cats of different breeds.

“By holding monthly adoptathons in neighborhoods throughout Seattle, we are able to spread the word about the joys of adopting shelter pets and saving lives. If you have room in your home and your heart for an orphaned animal, this is a great opportunity to come and see some of the wonderful pets available from our foster-care parents,” says Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director.

Adoption prices for cats range from $102 to $107 and include:

  • Initial vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • Feline Leukemia testing
  • Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip (About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is injected under the cat’s skin, providing an identification number associated with that animal. Animal shelters can then “scan” a lost animal and retrieve its records from the microchip.)
  • Two-year Seattle Pet License (if applicable)

To help reduce the number of animals euthanized, the Seattle Animal Shelter has a foster-care program to rehabilitate sick and immature dogs and cats. Donations from the city’s “Help the Animals Fund” pay for veterinary care for these animals.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is open every day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for licensing, and noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions. It is located at 2061 – 15th Ave. W. The phone number is (206)386-PETS(7387). Animals available for adoption can be viewed online at http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org

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Seattle Animal Shelter closes two days for Fourth of July holiday

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
(206) 364-1660

Emerald City Emergency Clinic
4102 Stone Way N.
Seattle, WA  98103
(206) 634-9000

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).

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