7 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe on Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner. It’s a time of excitement for kids and families alike. But don’t forget your furry animals in the hustle and bustle of trick-or-treating! Here are 7 pet tips to keep your furry babies safe, happy, and calm during your festivities:


1. Separate Trick-or-Treaters and Pets.

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Unless your furry friend is social and used to greeting or accompanying trick-or-treaters, most pets must be confined in a separate room during festivities. This will provide skittish animals a sanctuary away from the commotion. Reserving a special space for your pets will also guard against pet loss during busy times.


2. Keep Collars and ID Tags on Your Pets.

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Even at home, pets can dart out the door if stressed. Keeping collars and ID tags on your pets will greatly increase the chances of a successful reunion. If your pet has a microchip, be sure to update your information online.


3. Sorry Fido, No Halloween Treats for You.

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Your Halloween bucket is more trick than treat to your furry family members. Candy can cause serious digestive issues and chocolate can be fatal to animals. Even candy wrappers can be a choking and digestive threat! So be sure to keep all candy out of your pet’s reach.


4. Blow Those Candles Out!

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Who doesn’t love a cool jack-o-lantern? For many families, ghoulish candle-lit pumpkins are a no-compromise on Halloween. But be careful, never leave pets around open flames! Curious and playful pets could hurt and burn themselves on candle flames. Even if your candles are confined in a jack-o-lantern, never leave animals unattended with a lit pumpkin.

For a low-stress and minimally supervised Halloween, try out flame-less tea candles!


5. Do Not Leave Your Pets Outside.

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Depending on your neighborhood, Halloween festivities can get boisterious. Keep your pets calm by bringing them inside before the festivities begin. The noise, commotion, and costumes are enough to cause serious stress in sensitive and easily-spooked pets. Do not leave pets unsupervised in your yard during the festivities – this is a recipe for lost and unhappy pets.


6. To Costume, Or Not To Costume?

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While we all love a dressed up pet, consider a costume for your pet only if you know he/she tolerates it well. Make sure the costume isn’t annoying, unsafe, or restrictive. Your pet should never have his or her movement, breathing, barking, hearing, or vision restricted or blocked by clothing. Also avoid costumes will small or dangling accessories, as these can be serious choking hazards.


7. Know Your Emergency Procedures.

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In case your furry burglar breaks into a bag of chocolate or xylitol-sweetened candy. Know the nearest all-hours emergency animal hospital.

Contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 for immediate help.



Back to School!

If summer is still on your mind and you haven’t quite finished all of your back to school shopping yet, we’ve got some things for you to keep in mind.

Did you know you can help support Seattle Humane with your back to school shopping? Below are several ways to help the animals by simply checking off the items on your list.

Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards – Sign up for Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program and every time you use your Rewards Card a donation will be made to Seattle Humane! You’ll still earn your rewards points, fuel points, and rebates, just as you normally do. For more information visit fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and link your card to “Seattle Humane.”

AmazonSmile – You shop – Amazon gives! Sign up for AmazonSmile and they’ll donate 0.5% of your purchases to Seattle Humane when you select us to be your preferred charity. Learn more at: bit.ly/AmazonSmile-SHS

YourBuyGives – YourBuyGives works with leading online stores like Groupon, Expedia, Kohl’s and more that will donate a percentage of every online purchase to Seattle Humane. A great way to support your favorite cause at no cost to you. Participating stores will also provide exclusive discounts to you as well. A win-win!

Step 1: Go to YourBuyGives.com Seattle Humane webpage
Step 2: Click though to the website you would like to shop
Step 3: A percentage of your purchase will be donated to the pets in our care!

Shelter Pups – Just in time for new students heading to college – give them a replica of your precious pet for them to have always! When you order an adorable custom pup or kitty made from natural wool, 15% of each sale benefits the homeless pets in our care! Just be sure to click here when accessing the site to maximize your gift to help pets in need.

Web Thrift Store – There’s a new and easy way to help Seattle Humane pets with WebThriftStore! With this great online store you can shop for great items and/or donate unused clothing, jewelry, household goods or more to support homeless pets in need! Visit our storefront here to shop or make a donation. From 80-100% of every sale goes directly to the pets in our care!

Seattle Humane Wishlist – While you’re out shopping, pick up a bag of food for our Pet Food Bank like cans of Friskies for our cats, or visit our Amazon Wishlist. Then head to Seattle Humane to deliver and visit with the animals. It’s the perfect way to calm some of those back to school jitters!

AND don’t forget about your furry friends too! Our pets can get the back to school blues when the family heads back to school and work after a long summer with everyone. Here are some tips to help with the transition of getting everyone in the family back on a regular school schedule.

  • Give your pet a treat every time you leave to help them develop positive associations with being alone.
  • Keep your departures and returns quiet and low-key so as not to arouse any alarm unduly. Leave a familiar blanket or one of your T-shirts with your pet. Your smell will help soothe them. Ask your kids to spend quality time with the family pet after school – a walk around the block, a game of fetch in the yard.
  • Puzzle treats entertain longer – Keep them stimulated with physical and mental workouts. Hiding treats around the home can keep a dog or cat busy for hours. Stuffed Kong’s are also great entertainment for dogs and some cats love to find a paper bag lying open on the floor (sprinkle cat nip inside)!
  • Get a BarkBox for your dog – Support the animals at Seattle Humane by signing up for BarkBox! Every month you’ll receive a box in the mail with carefully selected products and presents for your dog. Use the code SHBBX1 to get $5 off your purchase and Seattle Humane will receive a $15 donation! Get your BarkBox today!
  • Consider hiring an occasional dog walker or bringing your pooch to a doggie-daycare a few times a week to break up their day. This can help alleviate boredom and provide your pet with exercise.
  • Don’t scold or punish your pet for bad behavior when you come home. It may make your pet more anxious and make situations worse.
  • Try to avoid making additional changes if you can help it – don’t change their diet at this time for example. Keep exercise consistent and set aside a designated time each evening to give your pet one on one attention.


Pick a Pit Bull!

Adopt Suzie, a 3-year-old cutie with a big smile!

What is a Pit Bull Terrier?

The American Pit Bull Terrier is known for being loyal, fearless, playful, protective, athletic and VERY friendly! They typically range from being between 30-90 lbs. Pit Bulls tend to have a stocky, muscular build with a short coat. They have long bodies, a powerful tail, adorable ears, a flat head and a big smile!

Due to their energetic personalities, they will require daily exercise to keep their mind stimulated. Even though they might get a bad rep, Pit Bulls are regarded by many as a very friendly dog with an outgoing disposition.

As a reminder, “Pit Bull” is not a breed. It’s a generic term often used to describe all dogs with similar traits and characteristics often known by the public as Pit Bulls. There are many breeds that can be considered a Pit Bull such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The American Bulldog and Bull Terrier are also sometimes considered Pit Bulls.

Why Would You Want to Adopt a Pit Bull Terrier?

  1. They’re adorable. These sweet and adorable faces are why so many people fall in love with Pit Bulls. I mean, why wouldn’t you want to sleep right next to that smiling face?! They also have some of the most unique and beautiful coloring.
  2. They’re easily trained. Start training from day one with your new pup. They’re very smart and will quickly learn from you if you’re able to take the time to train them on a daily basis.
  3. They love attention. Pit Bull Terriers require a lot of daily attention. They truly love to be loved and in return they will spoil you with their love and loyalty. They’re also people pleasers and will quickly do whatever it takes to make you happy. Sometimes they even forget about their size and think they are a lap dog – they just want to be as close to you as possible!
  4. They’re great with kids. They’re often considered a nanny dog who’s going to stay close to the kids wherever they are, be gentle, and keep the kids away from danger when they’re out and about.
  5. They LOVE to play. Anything can turn into fun, and they really aren’t too picky about what entertains them! If you’re looking to stay in shape this summer, it also might be the perfect time to adopt! They’re sure to keep you on track with your exercise goals.
  6. They’re enthusiastic! Pit Bulls have a very positive outlook on life and they seem to remain young at heart all through their life.

Fun Facts:

  • Pit Bulls have the nickname “Nanny’s Dog” because they have proven to be very good with children and enjoy playing with them and watching over them.
  • Often trained as Police and Customs dogs because of their sniffing abilities and their high intelligence. Popsicle is an example of a Pit Bull who served as a narcotic sniffing dog who has the largest record of a single drug find in Texas history.
  • They make excellent search and rescue dogs.
  • They’re also great candidates for a therapy dog. They make great visiting pet friends for a senior care center or helping someone recover for an emotional incident.
  • Many Pit Bull Terriers used as service animals have been rescued.
  • Petey starred in The Little Rascals and was the most beloved canine movie star. Every child wanted a dog just like him!
  • Helen Keller was a huge dog lover and had a Pit Bull of her own who was one of her best friends.

If you’re looking for a happy pup who’s sure to put a smile on your face no matter how bad your day is, consider adopting a Pit Bull Terrier! They’re great dogs who are passionate about all aspects of life. They’ll be perfect, loyal and loving companions for years to come!

Care for Your Pet After a Tick Bite

Dogs love nothing more than romping in the great outdoors and discovering new environments. Yet, Mother Nature can have a few nasty surprises for Fido – such as ticks. The threat posed by ticks to both dogs and their owners is quite real, and the National Institute of Infectious

Diseases reminds everyone that tick bites can spread through multiple vectors. Worse still, tick-borne diseases are on the rise. Unfortunately, ticks are widespread and there’s no vaccine, so owners have to be reactive rather than proactive to prevent tick-borne illness.

When your dog comes home after being outside, perform a thorough check for ticks. Remember that many ticks can be the same dark color as a dog’s fur and can be quite small, meaning that a quick look-over isn’t enough to make certain that these pests are left outside where they belong. Check every part of a dog’s fur to make certain no unwanted company was brought into the house. Use your hands to feel for tick bumps wherever you cannot see anything, such as in areas like behind the ears, between the toes and under the jaw.

If you find a tick (or two or three), don’t panic. Remove the tick as quickly as possible once it is found. First, put on a pair of gloves, so that you do not risk spreading microbes over your pet or yourself. Take a pair of sanitized tweezers and grip the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull upwards firmly and quickly. If you pull at an angle, or pull slowly, you might separate the tick head from its body, which can lead to an infection. Finally, apply antiseptic to the bite location, and disinfect the tweezers.

A tick bite does not always lead to sickness, but pet owners should be very careful to watch their furry friend for symptoms. Fatigue, low movement, and breathing difficulties can indicate a tick-borne infection. Take your pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible if they show any of these symptoms.

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Happy HOWLidays!

Happy HOWLidays from Seattle Humane! This time of the year can get super busy for everyone, so we wanted to make sure you had a one-stop spot for every animal lover in your family — including your furry friend.

2016 Seattle Humane Calendar

Get a year of cute with pet photography donated by Anna Hoychuck Photography. Buy yours online or at the shelter. 

Seattle Humane Apparel

 Fun apparel, pet items and more at seattlehumane.org/store. 

NEW this year is our “IT” shirt of the season. Wear your Seattle Humane pride loud and 222proud with this special tee and help support our campaign to build a new animal shelter and veterinary teaching hospital.

Holiday E-Cards

Donate in honor of a loved one and they’ll receive a holiday e-card featuring pets from Seattle Humane. Send your holiday cheer today! 

AmazonSmile Gives Back

 Buying your holiday gifts through Amazon this year? Sign up for AmazonSmile and they’ll donate a portion of every purchase to Seattle Humane. Just look for “Humane Society for Seattle-King Co”. Start your shopping now!

Santa Paw Photos

And, don’t forget – it’s not too late to send that holiday card out to friends. Santa Paws is going to be held at the Petco in Northgate on December 12th from 1-4 p.m. and also at University Village Dec. 14th and 21st from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Part of the sale proceeds will benefit the pets in our care.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Purrs and tail wags from Seattle Humane