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Leading Teens One Paw at a Time

“If we are to reach [the] world… we shall have to begin with children.” — Mahatma Gandhi

At Seattle Humane, we recognize the importance of fostering and nurturing our community’s youth with lifelong skills. Leadership, advocacy, and compassion are just some of the skills we are looking to support in our youth. That’s why we are excited to unveil our new program geared to young teens 12-17 years old, Teens for Animals!

One of our youth groups after completing their program

Focusing on the unique and profound human-animal bond, Teens for Animals (TFA) strives to teach youth the importance of being an advocate and educator within their community of peers, family and friends.

While exploring the responsibilities of pet ownership and learning of the important role pets play in our community, teens will learn how to be a compassionate civic-minded leader and team player of their own respective communities.

For those who discover a deep passion in animal welfare, TFA will provide an excellent platform for exploring and conceptualizing career opportunities!

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Teens of all ages interacting with our resident pets

TFA will meet 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. on designated Saturdays starting November through May. Class sessions are a combination of animal interaction, classroom activities, and welfare advocacy. We cover everything from puppy mills to feline behavior. Learn more about our program and requirements here!

If Teens for Animals sounds like a perfect program for you, or a teen that you know, hurry and apply now!

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Here are some of our teen program graduates supporting us during a marathon!

The extended deadline for this one-of-a-kind program is November 17th. There is a low enrollment fee of $25 per applicant. This fee helps cover costs of running the program, and will include supplies for teens – a teen volunteer t-shirt, name tag and binder.

We are committed to making our programs accessible to all, if you are unable to cover the enrollment fee, please submit a scholarship request at the end of the application.

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In action: the human-animal bond as a vehicle for instilling compassion, leadership, and civic-mindedness

Top 5 Reasons Why Senior Pets are Awesome

Here at Seattle Humane, it’s no secret that our senior pets are hidden gems. Often overlooked by potential adopters, senior furry babies are given the short stick because of misconceptions. But have no fear! We are here to shatter those misconceptions, and spread the word on why senior pets are simply awesome.

 

1. What You See is What You Get

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Image Source // Pibble Life

There’s no surprises with these guys! Senior pets have had time to settle into their personalities – their likes and dislikes are easily known. Also, senior pets who come into our care have a slew of behavioral tests done, so that you will know every detail of what they’re like and what pet parent would make them happiest. We make it a breeze to find your perfect fit!

 

2. House Training? What House Training?

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Image Source // Midwest Animal Rescue & Services

Say goodbye to constant midnight potty breaks! Say goodbye to the dreaded non-clumping litter! Most senior dogs and cats come with oh-so-desired house training skills. A word of advice though – if your senior pet starts having accidents at home, don’t stress. It’s simply time for a veterinary visit to ensure there are no underlying issues.

 

3. They Have Indoor Manners You Can be Proud of

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Image Source // Seattle Humane

Almost all senior pets have history. This means that they’ve lived in a home with other humans before, and understand how to properly behave at home. Most senior dogs know to chew on a bone or rawhide, and to stay clear of your shoes and furniture legs. As for senior cats, they are wise enough to know that scratching posts are much better nail sharpeners than your furniture. Your home (and wallet) are safe when bringing home a senior!

 

4. No Chill Pills Needed Here!

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Image Source // Seattle Humane

Senior pets have no need for chill pills, unlike their younger comrades. By the time cats and dogs turn 6 years old, they will have calmed down significantly from their baby and teen days. This means that they need less exercise and stimulation. But don’t worry – most senior dogs still love a hike and a good game of fetch, while most senior cats still love to play with their cat wands.

 

5. They Make the Best Pets For Kids

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Image Source // Today.com

Because senior pets have are mostly house trained, well-mannered, and calm, they make excellent companions for kids. Don’t fall for the grumpy old senior stereotype. These young-at-heart furry babies are less likely to jump and overwhelm your kids – most of them will curl up and snuggle with your human babies and you! So if you’re looking for a furry companion, don’t forget to give senior pets a second look.

3 Rainy Day Activities to Keep Fido Happy

Boy is it raining and pouring here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest? While we may enjoy sitting by our fireplace with a hot cup and blankets, our dogs are getting restless.

To prevent destructive or problematic behavior due to canine cabin fever, check out our top 3 rainy day activities for Fido.

 

1. Indoor Pet Parks

Stay dry, clean, and keep your pups (and you) sane with awesome indoor play options. Our list of spaces cater to every furry and human personality – from introverted to social – no one is left out!

Dogwood Play Park

Visit Dogwood Play Park in Seattle for a win-win experience. It is the only location in Seattle that combines a low-key bar with an indoor dog park. Dogs are free to play, socialize, and burn energy as their human companions sip on their favorite drink. But do note that this location is 21+.

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Image Source / Dogwood Play Park

If you’d prefer an indoor option for the whole family, then visit one of Seattle’s two other indoor dog parks.

House of Ruff

House of Ruff offers a fun and diverse space. There is a main play area where people of all ages can exercise and socialize their dogs and have some good old ruff fun! If you’re itching for a cold beer, cider, or a glass of wine, they also provide a 21+ lounge for pet parents.

House of Ruff requires a meet & greet before you can bring your pet here, but upon passing the test, Fido will immediately be allowed in. Learn more here!

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Image Source / House of Ruff
K9 Fun Zone

For the introverted canine who prefers human companionship, K9 House of Fun offers a space by reservation. This location is unique because it offers you full access to their space without having to manage your dog’s behavior around other pups. Your furry friend will feel like a king in his own castle.

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Image Source / K9 Fun Zone

 

2. Arm your Home with Activities

Reinforce your home with time-consuming pet activities as if a canine purge is coming for you. On those torrential rainstorms, clear out hallways or large spaces for indoor fetch. Keep launching those balls for at least 30 minutes for an exhausted pooch.

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Image Source / Dogtime.com

If your pooch prefers interactive play, fret not! We have solutions. Get your pups riled up to run laps up and down stairs if you have them. Or, grab a rope toy and engage him in tug-of-war until you’re both wiped out. For senior or food-motivated pets, load up a Kong with peanut butter (make sure it’s not sweetened with xylitol!) and watch them exercise their jaws into exhaustion.

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3. Get wet, and then dry again.

Can’t stay away from gorgeous Washingtonian nature? Then go ahead and take your pooch out on rainy days. You can keep them partially dry by purchasing a doggy raincoat such as this one from PETBABA.

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Image Source / Breeding Business

Or if your dog can handle the damp, then go let him run wild and free in the rain. Just be sure to dry Fido off properly once you return home. Pay special attention to drying the inside of floppy ears. And always spread those adorable paws to check for lodged in debris and mud.

For the wet dog that comes home reeking of… well… wet dog. Take a dryer sheet, lightly rub it on their coat, and towel dry them. But remember this is a temporary solution! Make sure to thoroughly bathe them and remove knotted hair after two rainy day outings. This keeps your dog feeling fresh and prevents ear and skin yeast infections.

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Image Source / Dry Pet

 

10 Reasons Why Senior Pets Make the Best Companions

Often times senior pets get overlooked when people want to adopt. Everyone thinks the cute little puppy or kitten will be the best addition to the family, but what about the senior pets? Older pets are just as great, if not better for making a wonderful family addition. They make the best companions and truly understand the meaning of getting a second chance at life. In just a short amount of time they will be loyal and loving members of your family. Not convinced? Here are ten more reasons to adopt a senior dog and a senior cat.

 

Spike is a 9-year-old German Short haired Pointer mix who's excited to meet his faithful companion.
Spike, a 9-year-old German Short haired Pointer mix.

Why older dogs make great companions:
1. Older dogs are house trained. There’s no need to stress about going through the stages of teaching a puppy all of the house manners – your older pup has already got it down!
2. Those puppy teeth are long gone and you won’t have to worry about a teething puppy chewing up your shoes or furniture.
3. They’re easier to train because they don’t have as much energy and are more focused.
4. They are much wiser; they know the rules and are aiming to please their owners!
5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they’ve learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.
6. Older dogs understand what it means to be rescued and they know that they’ve been given a second chance. They are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be in a loving new home of their own and they will show you every day how much it means to them!
7. What you see, is what you get. The sweet and mellow older dog has already grown into their personality. There won’t be any surprises!
8. Older dogs are instant companions — ready for hiking, car trips, and any other things you might want to do.
9. They aren’t as demanding. Although older dogs still need exercise, they don’t require as much attention as a younger puppy.
10. Older dogs let you get a good night’s sleep because they’re accustomed to human schedules and don’t generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

 

Oscar is a handsome 11-year-old male kitty who can't wait to charm you with his purrfect personality.
Oscar, a handsome 11-year-old male kitty.

Why older cats make great companions:
1. When a senior cat is adopted, they seem to truly understand the meaning of being rescued and are very thankful for the second chance.
2. Senior kitties already have their CAT-tastic purrsonalities, you’ll know if they are a good fit for your family right away!
3. Older cats are more trainable due to their longer attention span and impulse control.
4. A senior cat most likely already knows the basic household etiquette like not attacking your feet as you walk by!
5. Most likely your senior cat is already litter box trained and is less likely to “forget” where the box is.
6. You know exactly how big your cat is going to get! If you feed your cat the appropriate amount of food, your cat will stay the same size and you’ll know how much cat you’re getting.
7. Senior cats love to relax just as much as you do! They make great couch companions unlike kittens who have a lot of energy and often times get into mischief because of their boredom.
8. Have you ever heard of a cat nap? Senior cats make great napping buddies!
9. Older cats are well aware of what scratching posts and toys are for; they will turn to these things instead of your furniture.
10. Senior cats tend to stay the longest at a shelter – when you adopt a senior cat, you’re truly saving a life!
Next time you’re thinking about adopting, be sure to take a second look at those amazing senior pets! You won’t regret your new found companionship with a happy senior pet. AND don’t forget to stop by Seattle Humane next weekend – we’re matching our seniors with seniors! The adoption fee is waived for all cats 7 years and up and receive $50 off the adoption fee for all dogs 7 years and up for anyone 60 years or older. Complete your family at Seattle Humane today. View more of our adoptable pets at www.seattlehumane.org.

Prepare for Your 4th of July!

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 seattlehumane.org 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!