About Us - History & Philosophy

Mission Statement
Seattle Humane promotes the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need, regardless of age, ability, circumstance or geography.

Care We Provide
What sets Seattle Humane apart is that we are an open-door shelter with no time limits. That means we accept every animal in need of our help — regardless of age, breed, or physical condition. We provide them with the care they deserve for as long as it takes us to find them a loving home. When pets are brought to us requiring medical attention, our veterinary team performs life-saving medical procedures. If a pet requires training to thrive in his or her new home, we provide it. Why? Because our mission is to save pets in need and find them loving homes. As a result of our efforts, in fiscal year 2014/15 we placed 7,089 pets — another record high for the shelter in our 118-year history.

Admitting and Rescuing Pets
Seattle Humane accepts any owner surrendered animals utilizing intake appointments to allow our staff and volunteers to collect as much information as possible about the incoming pet. The appointments are scheduled on a first-call basis and are not based on the age or desirability of the animal. In the case of an emergency, animals will be admitted immediately. Seattle Humane houses stray animals for the city of Renton. At the end of the stray period, the animals are spayed or neutered and micro-chipped and made available for adoption.  

What's Different About Us?

  • We are an independent, nonprofit organization. We are not affiliated with city or county animal shelters or with any other humane society locally or nationally.

  • We save more than 7,000 animals a year. With no time limits.

  • We achieved a 97.77 percent Live Save Rate in FY 2014-15, one of the highest in the nation.

  • 80 cents of every dollar donated benefits the animals. Your donation goes directly to the care of homeless pets.

  • Seattle Humane was ranked among the top charities in the country by Charity Navigator - the nation's leading charity evaluation group.

  • 80% of our budget comes from donations. We receive no local, state or federal funding.

Well Hello There!

We adopted brother and sister cats who love to play, explore, and be loved. They're also great with our grandchildren and have brought a lot of fun to our household.

Proud Parents to Sunny & Pansy