Double the Fun this Weekend

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 13:52 -- shsshs

Did you know that most cats love the company of others? We have a few cats who are bonded pairs here with us at Seattle Humane that we would like to show off – because two is better than one!

Baxter and Oliver Baxter and Oliver


Meet Baxter and Oliver! These handsome felines are 1-year-old male domestic shorthair kitties who enjoy the company of each other. Playing with stuffed mice and batting at feather toys are among their favorite activities. Oliver is a bit on the shy side, but with the comfort of his brother by his side he’s able to come out of his shell and show his true loving purrsonality in no time.

These two are sure to provide you with endless love, snuggles and entertainment. They are currently staying in one of our wonderful foster homes, but it’s easy to set up a time to meet them! Contact our Adoption Team at [email protected]. Learn more about Baxter and Oliver!

Isis2_24666717-X2 LBKC and Iris


Meet LBKC (Little Baby Kitty Cat) and Iris! These two best friends are fast friends and completely inseparable. They are a little wary of new situations but warm up with gentle attention and a little extra patience. LBKC and Iris rely on each other to help them through these new and scary situations. Once they’ve warmed up to you they will gladly accept all of the attention you’re willing to give them. With patience and gentle coaxing they’ll become loving and devoted companions for life! Both of these kitties are currently nestled in at our satellite location at the Petco in Factoria. If you would like to learn more about this dynamic duo, contact our Adoption Team at [email protected]. Learn more about LBKC and Iris!

Best friends who even eat together! Romeo and Mel, best friends who even eat together!

Meet Mel and Romeo! These best buds are purrfect for each other! Romeo is a little more self-assured and enjoys being a social butterfly with anyone who seems interested. Mel on the other hand is more reserved and needs a little help to bring out his confident side – which Romeo seems to do just fine. They’re both very loving felines who will be sure to make a great addition to your family! Come into Seattle Humane and meet them before they purr their way into another adopter's heart. Learn more about Mel and Romeo! As an added bonus, all of our kittens and cats are two for one this weekend only! Enjoy the companionship of two fabulous felines instead of just one. Come into Seattle Humane and meet your purrfect match today!

Prepare for Your 4th of July!

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 13:20 -- shsshs

IMG_2241-XLWith the 4th of July quickly approaching, we want to make sure you have all the inside scoop on Seattle Humane fun for the weekend! Kick off Independence Day with your pooch at Bellevue’s annual Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk to benefit the animals at Seattle Humane! This family-friendly and awesomely fun 4k jog and walk begins at Bellevue’s Ashwood Park at 9 a.m. and includes a visit by our own MaxMobile adoption bus, BFD Fire Truck, a dog costume contest, sponsor booths, a bouncy house and so much more! There’s still time to register for all the fun – enjoy a morning with the whole family, including Fido! If you were a little too preoccupied with activities and didn’t have time to find your purrfect match on the MaxMobile at Four on the 4th, don’t worry! Seattle Humane is open on July 4th and 5th to help you find your newest family member! After you bring your furry friend home, keep them safe! Dogs and cats are much more sensitive to loud sounds than we are. The sound of fireworks can scare pets and cause them to escape from a yard or dart out an open door. When frightened, they are at a higher risk of running into the street, or getting lost in the dark. This Independence Day, try the following to keep your pet safe:

  • Keep Pets Inside- Secure pets in a safe, enclosed room, preferably one without windows. For those hosting guests at their home, consider keeping pets in a room that is off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.
  • Create of Calming Environment- Surround pets with favorite toys and other familiar objects. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.
  • Keep Away From Fireworks- Besides the potential toxicity pets can experience from ingesting the gun powder in firecrackers, there is the obvious risk of accidentally burning or injuring pets by allowing them to be in the same vicinity as fireworks.
  • Update Identification- The biggest risk this Fourth of July is that pets will get loose from their homes. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of fireworks can cause them to enter an extreme panic mode. Dogs and cats are known to break through glass windows or sneak through open doors to escape the noise. Make sure pets are microchipped and wearing identification. Call to confirm that the pet’s veterinarian and the microchip company have current address and phone numbers.

Seattle Humane also offers $20 microchipping services for pets of income-restricted guardians, including national registration. Visit us at to learn more about our microchipping services and have your pets microchipped today! Have a great 4th of July weekend while keeping your pets happy and safe!

Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 13:41 -- shsshs

20141119_080022_resizedSeattle is a pet-friendly city and home to several pet-friendly companies including Amazon and Trupanion. This Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day; before the big day arrives we wanted to make sure to brush up on some doggie etiquette! Take advantage of this special day and bring your furry friend into work with you – if your boss lets you! If you’re planning to bring your best furry friend to work with you, follow these etiquette tips so you and your pet can have a productive and successful day in the office.

  • Do an office check. As a general rule, most companies only allow dogs in the office. If you’re planning to bring your cat or exotic pet, be sure to check in with your employer about what animals are allowed. Also, be sure to pet proof your office space! Be sure to put away anything toxic, tape loose electrical cords and place things higher up so your pooch can’t reach them.
  • Make sure your furry friend is fit for work. Your pet should be healthy, well-behaved, socialized and house trained (If there is an accident, don’t fret, just clean it up!). Remember that your office will be an unfamiliar environment so use your best judgment when it comes to the well-being of your pet. It’s also important that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date before he comes in for his big day – if he’s not feeling well, let him take a sick day at home.
  • Prepare a doggie goodie bag. Bring your pet’s bed, favorite toys, food and water, and lots of treats to help your pet feel comfortable. This will also help to keep them busy so you can do the same.
  • Don’t force interactions between your coworkers and your pet. Not everyone is comfortable with animals and you want to be respectful of how they feel. Be mindful of fellow employees’ time and space.
  • Steer clear of certain locations. Be mindful of your pet and avoid taking them in the lunchroom or restroom.
  • Keep Fido close to you. Dogs should be kept on leash unless they’re in your personal office or cubicle.
  • Come to the office prepared. Always make sure your dog is properly identified by having them wear their collar with an ID tag. If they do happen to escape your office space, having an ID tag will make it easier to help Fido get back to you as quickly as possible! Also, setting up a baby gate in the office doorway will help prevent dogs from escaping.
  • Know your options. Have a backup plan for taking your dog home if he or she is not comfortable in the work environment.

Pets can be motivators in the workplace. By improving mood, morale and interpersonal relationships – there will be a noticeable increase in productivity. Having pets in the office can also help employees learn a healthy work-life balance, encouraging them to take breaks because their pets need one, too. Happy employees are better employees!

All About the Pit Bulls!

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:33 -- shsshs
Adopt Suzie, a 3-year-old cutie with a big smile! 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.
    Meet Mookielan, a sweet and loving 5-year-old girl who's sure to be a very loyal companion! Meet Mookielan, a sweet and loving 5-year-old girl who's sure to be a very loyal companion!


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 was, consider getting a Pit Bull Terrier! They’re great dogs who are very passionate about all aspects of life. They will be sure to make a perfect, loyal and loving companion for years to come!

Meet Bart, this playful little pup is a 9-month-old who's handsome and full of energy! Meet Bart, this playful little pup is a 9-month-old who's handsome and full of energy!


Busy Lizzie's Featured Cat: Tom

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 14:40 -- shsshs


By Lizzie Pitts Age 11

Hello, my name is Tom! I’m a cuddly black and white ball of fluff who will have people fawning over me as if I were a kitten (I’m definitely just as cute as one)! I have been at Seattle Humane for almost a year now and have become the official office cat. When Mesa comes into work first thing, she’s not allowed to check her email or begin work without a good luck pat from me! I can’t wait to be part of a home and family who loves to cuddle and play just as much as I do! You might be thinking I’m a little on the older side, but I still love my peacock feather and glitter ball! Kids don’t scare me either, I would love to have kids around the house too – it’s just more attention for me!

I am a very special cat; I have diabetes that’s well managed through meals at certain times of the day. You don’t have to worry about giving me shots though, all I need is a specific diet to follow – besides that, I’m just a normal cat who loves to play and be loved on!

What are you waiting for? Come see me at Seattle Humane today! I hope to be the first face you wake up to every morning!

Check out my adorable video to see all of my moves!

As an added bonus, Tom's adoption fee is waived during the month of June -- hurry in and see him today!

Lizzie sharing some cuddles with Tom! Lizzie sharing some cuddles with Tom!

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month!

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:01 -- shsshs

  Don't forget about your furry friends! Cancer is the number one disease-related killer for our dogs and cats. With May being Pet Cancer Awareness Month, take the extra precaution and check your pet to make sure they don't have any of the following symptoms. If your pet does have some of the following symptoms, it doesn't always mean they have cancer or another illness, but be sure to keep an eye on it if it doesn't get better. Also, if your pet hasn't been in for their annual exam, it might be a good time to get that scheduled! Our pets need annual exams just like humans, so be sure to get Fido in for his visit and keep your pet happy and healthy. Pet Cancer Month

Adopt a Shelter Pet!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:40 -- shsshs

If you’re looking to add a furry friend to your family, National Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Day might be the time to do so! Seattle Humane is participating by offering 50% off all pet adoption fees on April 30th. That includes any pet, of any age.

View all of our available pets at If those cute faces aren't enough to convince you to adopt a shelter pet, here are five additional reasons!


Boarding Your Pet

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:05 -- shsshs


With summer right around the corner and spring break vacations occurring now, you might need to find a place for your furry friend to stay. Preparing for a vacation can be a stressful time, and if you can’t take your pet with you, it’s just one more thing to worry about. Finding a place for your pet to stay is an important step in preparing for your vacation and if you aren’t able to find a pet sitter or family member to watch your pet, you want to find the second best thing. Many boarding facilities have different rules and daily activities, before booking a stay for your family pet, consider the following helpful tips.

  • Ask around. Asking friends or family is one way of finding a great boarding facility. Friends and family can give you their honest opinion on how their experience was. Also, your local veterinarian might have a few suggestions for you too.
  • Visit in person. It’s important to go to each boarding location and visit them in person so you can see for yourself where your pet might be staying. Introduce yourself to staff to see how friendly and knowledgeable they are about dogs and cats. Also, be sure to seek out staff members who might specifically work with your pet. Find out if someone will be on the premises at all times and if there’s a veterinarian on call 24/7. Not only is it important that the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, but it’s also important that the facility is clean, has appropriate enclosures for the size of your pet, and that your pet will have protected access to the outdoors.
  • Know the rules. Most boarding facilities will insist that your pet be up-to-date on all vaccinations. Be sure to bring a copy of your pet’s heath record with you when touring the different boarding facilities. If you find a facility you like, you can register right then instead of having to go back with the medical records.
  • Tour the entire facility. This includes the outdoor areas. Make sure there is a fence enclosing the yard so that your pet won’t accidentally escape. Also you want to be sure dog waste is picked up at the facility. You don’t want your pet staying somewhere that isn’t well taken care of!
  • Special kitty needs. Your cat might not enjoy the loudness of barking dogs, so be sure to check out the area they have designated for your pet. A lot of boarding rooms have a separate soundproof area just for cats to provide a less stressful stay. Also, be sure to see if they have a “cat room” where your pet can roam around and stretch a few hours a day. Make sure all litter boxes are properly tended to.
  • Room assignments. If you have two dogs that are bonded together, ask to see if they can be in the same room. If you are just boarding one dog, make sure that they won’t be sticking another dog in the same room as yours. Your pet doesn’t want to have to stay with a stranger!
  • Daily agenda. Ask the boarding facility for a copy of what your dog or cat’s typical day would be like there. How often will it be fed? How many hours will it be free to play? How often does your dog get taken on walks? Is there supervised time with other pets staying at the same location? Is there a trainer on staff who might teach your dog a few things while you are away? How often do they spend one-on-one time with your pet? And, do they have webcams in place so you can watch your pet from afar on your computer? A lot of facilities do have webcam access for your piece of mind.
  • Hours of business. Make sure to know the hours of operation for the facility you chose. You don’t want to be on your way to the airport in the morning and see that they aren’t quite open yet. Prepare in advance to know when they open and when they close.
  • Special instructions. If your pet has any special dietary needs or health needs, make sure to ask the facility if they allow you to bring in special food or if they are willing to administer medicine your pet might need. It might be a good idea to ask if you can bring your own food even if your pet doesn’t require a special meal, just so they don’t have to switch up their routine diet.
  • Grooming. Before picking up your dog, ask if they can groom or bathe your dog. Dogs especially might get a lot of different smells on them and it’s always nice to come home with a clean pooch!
  • Trial run. If you have concerns about how your pet might do in a boarding facility, let them have a trial run for a night. If your dog comes back stressed, dirty or upset, you’ll know to look for another facility.
  • Book early. Boarding facilities can fill up fast – especially the good ones. Be prepared that during the holidays you will need to book your pet’s stay way in advance.
  • Don’t forget your pet’s identification. Be sure to have your pet with a collar and identification tags with their name on it along with at least your name and phone number. It might also be a good idea to get your pet a microchip before being boarded. Often times identification tags or collars can fall off your pet and become lost. Microchips are a safe and easier way to find your pet if they get lost or misplaced while you are on vacation.

Preparing ahead of time and having a plan will help ensure peace of mind for both you and your pet when you go on vacation. Below are a few options near Seattle for boarding your pet:
Cascade Kennels
Holiday Kennels
The Barking Lounge  

Bunny Pet Tips

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 13:50 -- shsshs
Lilly is an adorable 6-year-old bouncy girl who can't wait to meet you! Lilly was adopted in April 2015!

Every Easter, adorable baby rabbits, chicks and ducklings are given as gifts. Sadly, many are often abandoned or admitted to shelters when the holiday is over. This Easter, you have a chance to make an important contribution to your children's education by teaching them that adding a pet to the family is a big responsibility.

If you’re ready to add a little bunny foo-foo into your family, take a look at this quick list of helpful bunny tips.

  • Rabbits will need daily care. If they aren’t handled gently and often, they may not be comfortable with being picked up and cuddled. Be sure to give them plenty daily socialization.
  • They LOVE the company of other rabbits. If you have a bunny, consider getting them a companion. Plus, two is better than one!
  • Rabbits are intelligent and curious, and consequently a bored rabbit can be a destructive and unhappy rabbit. Digging and chewing are among their favorite pastimes, so whether inside a cage or out, your rabbit needs plenty of toys to keep them busy.
  • Your rabbit won’t be picky on the type of toy you get them, they don’t have to be extravagant or even expensive. All they need is something simple to keep them entertained – and since they love to chew, be sure to give them plenty of things to chew on. For example, wooden blocks are great!
    You don't want to miss out on meeting Heisenberg, an adorable 4-month-old bunny! Heisenberg was adopted April 2015!
  • Rabbits thrive on exercise. Along with their love for toys, they also enjoy crawling under and over, climbing on top of things and hopping off and digging and chewing on anything. Make sure to have plenty of things inside their cage that they can crawl into or jump on top of – it will make your bunny happy! Also, be sure to let your rabbit out of the cage and explore the house. Not only will they get exercise, but they can also enjoy socializing with you. Be sure to let them out during a time you are able to supervise them though so they don't get into anything they shouldn't.
  • Rabbits have a fairly delicate digestive system; to obtain necessary nutrient, they must be fed a varied diet.
  • They prefer a gentle, quiet environment. If your house is full of chaos and rowdy pets, it might not be the best time to introduce a bunny to your family.
  • Rabbits can be taught to use a litter box, and if they’re spayed or neutered, they are much more willing to cooperate and learn new skills.
  • To keep your rabbit safe from predators along with controlling the temperature of their environment it’s important to keep them inside.
Meet Jon Snow, a 4-month-old bunny with lots of love to share! Jon Snow was adopted April 2015!

If your family is ready to add a new family member this Easter, come down to the Seattle Humane Society at 13212 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue, where our experienced adoption counselors will help you find the pet that's just right for you. The Seattle Humane Society has wonderful bunnies, dogs, cats, and other critters who can't wait to be part of your family!

We are open on Easter from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rabbits make wonderful household pets. They’re affectionate, playful, social, and can even learn tricks! Bunny care fits into most work schedules as they are most active in the mornings and evenings and sleep through the day and night. Bunnies require a responsible owner who will provide them with a special diet and sensitivity to their bunny-specific needs. In return for your love and care, you’ll be rewarded with a bounty of bunny love!

Visit us online at to see our adoptable pets and learn how to be a responsible pet owner.

Meet Artie, a 4-month-old ready to hop her way into your heart! Artie was adopted in April 2015!

Busy Lizzie's Foster Feature: Lula

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:20 -- shsshs
Meet Lula, an adorable 12-year-old Siamese ready to be your best friend! Meet Lula, an adorable 12-year-old Siamese ready to be your best friend!

This week Lizzie is featuring the fabulous Lula. Busy Lizzie has gotten to know this special kitty and is now sharing her story with you.

She's currently living it up in a foster home, but it's easy to set up a time to meet her! If you are interested in meeting Lula, please contact our Adoption Team at 425-649-7563 or [email protected].

AND Lula is part of our 30 First Dates adoption promotion. We have picked a few of our fancy felines to take part in this free 30-day adoption trial which includes all of the food and supplies during their stay with you. If after 30 days they're still a purrfect match, then the adoption fee is only $25!


By Lizzie Pitts, Age 11

Lula and Lizzie enjoying some quality time and under the chin scratches. Lula and Lizzie enjoying some quality time and under the chin scratches.

Hi there, my name is Lula and people call me a superhero. I’m super-friendly, super-talkative, and super-cuddly! I love to sit on your lap the whole night, just enjoying your company. I may just be the cutest 12-year-old Siamese around, but I have a secret. Shh, don’t tell anyone! I have a diet that I have to follow in order to lose a little of my winter coat (I may have eaten one too many Christmas sugar cookies -- oops!) It’s no big deal though, I know for a fact that I’m not the only one!

I enjoy people who have a lot of time to spend with me since I love people! Because I have such a strong love for people, I would prefer to be the only pet in the house since I tend to get a little jealous and territorial when other cats are around.

Besides my love for people, I also LOVE toys! I especially like string toys that hang from doorknobs. My awesome foster parent Lisa says I am VERY playful for being twelve – I just like to have fun!

So that’s me in a nutshell! If you’re looking for a kitty who is pretty, playful, and positively adorable then email the Adoption Team at [email protected] to set up a time to meet me at the Seattle Humane Society -- you’ll be glad you did!


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