Seattle Humane is the Puget Sound’s leader in animal adoption, education and welfare. Our top priority is to connect animals in need of rescue with the people who will love them. Through our outreach, advocacy, and services we strive to ensure that animal companionship is accessible to all.
Seattle Humane promotes the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need, regardless of age, ability, circumstance or geography.
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At Seattle Humane, our leadership team reflects the values we embrace. We are dedicated to providing quality compassionate service to animals and our community.
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Seattle Humane is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our funding comes from the generosity of individuals and local businesses, and your donations are tax deductible.
Every animal deserves a second chance. Find out more about the movement to turn Washington into a No-Kill state and see how we’re spearheading the effort to make this reality.
Learn more We've been around a hundred years
Our story started in 1897. A hundred years ago, we were devoted to animal issues involving stockyards and slaughterhouses. In 1972, the City of Seattle and King County established their own animal control divisions, and we moved to Bellevue. Since then, we’ve been a private nonprofit dedicated to saving and serving pets in need.
What sets us apart
Seattle Humane is an open-door shelter with no time limits. That means we accept every animal in need of our help — regardless of age, breed, or health.
When pets are brought to us requiring medical attention, our veterinary team works hard to save their lives. If an adopted pet requires training to thrive in his or her new home, we provide it. We strive to give animals the care they deserve for as long as it takes us to find them a loving home.
The care we provide
True to our mission, we offer pet adoption and humane education for all and a Pet Food Bank as well as veterinary services to low-income pet owners. In fiscal year 2016/17 we cared for nearly 7,000 pets.
Our Life-Saver Rescue Program
Our Life-Saver Rescue Program saves pets from other shelters that lack space or resources to care for them. Because of this, these pets get a second chance.
Last year, the Life-Saver Rescue Program went on more than 200 rescue trips and saved the lives of 4,677 pets at other shelters by transferring them to Seattle Humane.
Our Adoption Success
Seattle Humane is proud to follow the Asilomar Accords, the national standard on data collection and transparency for animal shelters. The collection and publication of this data is sponsored by