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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

Image Source // Pibble Life
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?

Image Source // Midwest Animal Rescue & Services
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

Image Source // Seattle Humane
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!

Image Source // Seattle Humane
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

Image Source // Today.com
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.

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


Find Your Purrfect Match Today!

12047120_10205306962739223_766023888903585641_nHere at Seattle Humane, we are all about saving lives and completing families. We want to be sure that each adopter who walks through our door is matched with the appropriate pet to fit their lifestyle. To ensure this, we go through a thorough match making process with each adoptive parent. It’s our goal to match you with the purrfect pet in hopes of building a lifelong relationship.

  1. When you first arrive at Seattle Humane you’ll be greeted with a friendly “hello!” from our volunteers and staff. Shortly after, we’ll jump right into “which furry friend brought you in today?”
  2. Depending on your interest, we will either show you where our cats hang out or we will take you outside to visit with our pups.
  3. If you don’t have a specific interest in one of the animals yet, that’s when the real fun begins!
  4. At this time we give you the opportunity to fill out a pre-adoption questionnaire form that tells us a little more about you and your lifestyle. The questions help us determine which pet will fit into your family best.
  5. Once all of the forms are filled out you will meet with one of our Adoption Advisors to go over what you are looking for in a furry friend of your own. Here we will cover everything to ensure we have the proper information to find your purrfect match – after all, we wouldn’t be a good match maker if we didn’t have all the necessary information!
  6. Now it’s your turn to have the fun! We will either show you to our kitty rooms or take you out to visit the dogs. It’s time to see if those spark fly! Really get to know your furry friend, this is your time – don’t feel rushed! Sometimes we just know our perfect match when we see them, but other times it might take a little extra time. Take your time, enjoy the process.
  7. Once you’ve found your match we can get the paperwork started!
  8. All of our cats will need to leave with a carrier and all of our dogs will need a leash and a collar. Don’t stress if you haven’t gotten these items, we have them here for purchase! We even have dog and cat starter kits to ensure that this process is as painless as possible. There’s no need to stop by the pet store on the way home, you can just go home to enjoy the afternoon with Fido!
  9. We provide you with all of the pet’s original paperwork, a free vet visit, 30 days of Trupanion pet health insurance, a 6-week training class for dogs and plenty of coupons and pet advice handouts to start you off on the right paw!
  10. Now is the time you get to do the happy dance out the door with your new family member.
  11. To ensure your adoption is still going great, we will follow up with a phone call or an email within the month. If you have any questions or concerns, we always welcome an email or a phone call – we want to provide you with all the necessary tools for success with your new furry friend.

IMG_6142What are you waiting for? Come into Seattle Humane to find your purrfect match today!

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.

Happy Families Friday!

As some of you may know, Families Friday started out on our Facebook page where everyone got to share all of their happy adoption stories. We’ve received an overwhelming amount of great stories and wanted to be able to compile them all in one area for everyone to enjoy — so here you go! Read and enjoy all of our Families Friday stories weekly on our blog!

Thank you to all of the wonderful pet parents out there who have sent in their family story. If you have a great adoption story you want featured, email [email protected] or post to our Facebook page!

Liz (video): To those of you who thought only dogs did this, this is only a part of my daily “Greet and Groom” from my Ollivander (formally Pekoe) when I get home from work every day. We adopted him from Seattle Humane last Easter and are so incredibly grateful for everything you all do. Can’t wait to get home to this lovable guy every day!

Christine Rohaly
Kaia enjoying her new home!

Christine: Can’t thank you enough Seattle Humane for helping to bring this angel into my life! Kaia (formerly Judy) came to me at 9-weeks-old – she’s almost 13 weeks now and I honestly can’t imagine life without her snuggles and puppy kisses.
I want to thank the wonderful foster families at Seattle Humane, especially the one that housed my baby until she was old enough to come home with me.
Keep up the amazing work!

Terry: Romeo has made himself at home!

Romeo in the comfort of his new home.
Romeo in the comfort of his new home.


Erin and her two cuddle buddies!
Erin and her two cuddle buddies!

Erin: Exactly 1 year ago we adopted two brothers, then just 10 weeks old. Now they are a full grown, very vocal, bonded pair of lap cats. They made our little family complete!

Becca: After warming up rather quickly, big sister Nala is checking out brand new little sister Mango from the top of her “cracker chair.” Thank you, Seattle Humane, for helping us add to our little fur family twice in two years. You’re the best, and these are two happy fur babies!

Two fast friends!
Two fast friends, Nala and Mango!


Piper -- safety first!
Piper — safety first!

Tina: Thank you Seattle Humane for our Piper! We adopted her last August when she was 8-weeks-old. She has had a fun summer camping, swimming and even boating. And even though she has chewed 6 pairs of flip flops this summer, we just love her!

Melissa: We adopted Dakota almost 6 years ago and we just wanted to show you what a lifetime commitment looks like. He has 2 canine siblings now along with his human sister and although he’s getting old and slowing down, we will love him until his last day. Thank you for giving us this amazing boy. Entering his golden years now and happy and as loved as he could possibly be. Adoption is for life.

right at home!
Dakota just right at home!


Little miss Gabby, so content in her blanket!
Little miss Gabby, so content in her blanket!

Johanna: We adopted Gabby on June 6th and love having her in our lives! Definitely a spoiled little girl!

Amy (video): Thank you for helping us find Murphy today! His purring on the way home told us we all made the right choice today!

A’mee: Two years ago, we brought handsome Pemba home from Seattle Humane. As you can see, he’s still quite the love! Although he has one less leg than he had when he came home with us (due to cancer), he’s a healthy, active and incredibly affectionate cat. Thank you for all you do!

Looks to be in complete bliss!
Pemba loving on his human companions!



Sarah Breece
Sweet little Zeva enjoying a little site seeing!

Sarah: This is my sweet Zeva that we got from you guys 2.5 years ago. Thank you for the best running partner ever. She’s extremely intelligent and has been a true companion for my husband and myself. When she’s out running, she is in her element. Thanks again. We love her!

Heather: I saw Finnegan on the Seattle Humane website last October and it was love at first sight. The wonderful people at Seattle Humane took this sweet boy in after his leg had been broken and he was surrendered by his owner. Despite being an older gentleman and now a tripod kitty, Finn loves to play with his toys and jump on the windowsill to watch the bunnies outside. He has a big personality and makes us laugh every day! Thank you Seattle Humane for all that you do!

Definitely one kitty who deserves this much love!
Finnegan is definitely one kitty who deserves this much love!


This special pup enjoys the finer things in life!
Joxer enjoys the finer things in life!

Christi: This is my buddy Joxer that I adopted from you guys in April, he was nine pounds at the time and he’s already almost forty now… we love him, and are so thankful he’s a Peek now and will always be one!!


Lauren Michelle Stovall
Handsome Jack watching all the activity at home!

Lauren: We adopted our handsome Jack three years ago and he makes us all so happy! I love when he makes biscuits on my face while I try to sleep, his rough kisses in the morning and how he likes to follow people around the house. He’s such a sweet goofball, he always cracks me up! Our family would not be complete without Jack.


This little kitty couldn't be more content!
Sweet little Fredrick couldn’t be more content!

Brooke: My sweet boy Fredrick Vonn adopted him in October this past year! Fits right into the family!