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Register Now for Seattle Humane’s Animal Adventure Day Camp!

Week 7 Day 1 004Calling all critter-loving kiddos! The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here – summer camp registration begins today! Don’t miss this awesome opportunity for your child to spend a fun-filled week at the shelter learning about animals, how to care for them and so much more.

If you love animals of all kinds, you won’t want to miss this! There’s so much to love about Seattle Humane’s Animal Week 4 Day 4 012Adventures Day Camp, but probably one of the best parts is visiting with a variety of animals. You’ll get the chance to visit with several pets such as dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, horses, reptiles and many more! What’s more fun than getting to hang out with all of those animals?! In the past we’ve also had special guest speakers from the Woodland Park Zoo, therapy horses, and rescue dogs. Those speakers come in and tell us a little about what they do – and of course, they bring special animal friends as well!

Week 5 Day 2 003Although visiting with all the pets might be the highlight for some, we’ve got so much more to offer! You’ll also be able to gets on hands-on pet training experience and learn how to read animal language.

While at day camp, you’ll also be able to witness and help with daily staff routines. In the mornings, you’ll be able to assist with the care of our animals, feeding and socializing with the cats in our Adoption Lobby along with caring for our dogs by making them a comfy blanket bed in their kennels. You can also be a huge help to our Marketing Department by taking pictures of our harder-to-place pets and writing a super-star description to help get them adopted into a loving home!Week 5 Day 3 004

Week 7 Day 2 045There’s so much to love about Seattle Humane’s Animal Adventures Day Camp. Sign up now to be indulged in a week of fun games, crafts and a lot of animals!

If you have any questions regarding camp, please contact us at (425) 373-5858, or email [email protected]

 

How You Can Help This Holiday Season

Meet Mau,  a 7-year-old fabulous feline with a lot of personality to share!
Mau was adopted December 2014!

During the holiday season, it’s a great time to spread holiday cheer. If your heart is calling you to help our furry friends out, there are many things you can do!

Adopt. If you’re in the market for a furry friend of your own, now is a great time to adopt. Add a four-legged friend to your home and make this holiday season special for you and them!  Shelter pets are definitely the best when it comes to getting a pet of your own, they know they’ve been rescued and they’re forever thankful. Come into Seattle Humane and see all of our adoptable pets today, because no one wants to be alone for the holidays.

Foster. If you aren’t able to adopt, maybe consider fostering a pet. With the help of our foster parents, we are able to help and save the lives of so many more pets. Last year, 5,483 shelter animals benefited from foster care. The care these dedicated volunteers provide is invaluable, both to the animals and to the people who adopt them. You can foster as much or as little as you like for a wide variety of animals including kittens, puppies, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small critters. Fostering is a rewarding and enriching experience, and a great volunteer project for families or individuals who love animals but cannot commit to having a full-time pet. Learn more about our foster program and orientation date here.

Volunteer. Volunteers truly make all the difference here at Seattle Humane. The work our organization accomplishes would not be possible without the generous contributions of our volunteers. We offer a variety of ways that you can help people and animals. Volunteers are always needed to help with adoptions, foster care, cleaning, grooming and socializing the shelter animals. In addition, positions are also available in fundraising, education, special events, reception and many other areas. Learn more about the various roles our volunteers play at Seattle Humane.

This cutie is Bazel, a 6-year-old love-bug ready to become your new best friend!
Bazel was adopted in March 2015!

Young Volunteers. We are unable to offer volunteer positions to people under the age of 18, but there are still many ways to help the animals! Humane Teen Club is for teens age 13-17 that help a variety of programs and help prepare our teens to become volunteers when they turn 18. If joining our Humane Teen Club is too much commitment, we also have some other options for you.

Pet Food Drives. Throughout the year, we rely on groups and individuals to help us meet the needs of the animals served through our Pet Food Bank! If you are interested in organizing a pet food drive in your community, school, church, or business, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator at (425) 649-7566.

Additionally, each winter the Seattle Humane Society organizes a Holiday Pet Food Drive with local grocery stores. Shoppers may purchase pet food to donate to the Pet Food Bank and deposit it into barrels available in designated stores.

Donate. We rely on the kind financial support of our community to provide programs and services to the Puget Sound region. Through the generosity of people like you, we have placed more than 50,000 loving companion animals during the last decade alone.

Founded in 1897, the Seattle Humane Society is a nonprofit organization. We depend on the support of our friends in the community to fund our programs. All gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Miss Katie is a 5-year-old purr machine full of snuggles and love to give.
Miss Katie was adopted in December 2014!

We receive no United Way or government funding — we are entirely privately-funded. We promise to be good stewards of your gifts. That’s why we make sure that $0.80 cents out of every dollar we receive goes directly towards caring for and supporting animals through life-saving programs.

Through tax-deductible donations, the Seattle Humane Society is able to save the lives of orphaned or abandoned companion animals, bring the healing touch of animals to the elderly and those who are terminally ill, provide humane education and serve as a community resource for pets when community members are displaced from their homes due to fire, flooding or other disasters.

Help make a life-saving donation to the animals today.

 

Seattle Humane wants to thank all of you for everything you do each and every day for all of our furry friends – Happy Holidays!

Holiday Pet Safety

AHP_4422-LThe holidays can be an exciting time with people visiting, lots of packages, lights, music, trees, wonderful smells from the kitchen, and days getting busier and busier. To ease your pet’s stress, it’s important to try to keep their routine as close to the same as possible. Of course we want to include our furry friends, but keeping their exercise and eating habits as close to their normal routines as possible is important. Also, you want to be sure to keep them from eating unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations.

• Christmas trees. Making sure your tree is securely anchored so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing a possible injury to your pet. You can always use fishing line to secure your tree to the ceiling or wall in case of any accidents, and place your breakable ornaments in higher spots. This is also insuring that the tree water doesn’t spill, which could include fertilizers which could cause your pet to have an upset stomach. Your pet could end up feeling very sick if they drink your tree water. To prevent your pet from drinking the tree water, try covering the base around the stand with a tree skirt.

• Tinsel. Kittens especially are attracted to this shiny, sparkly “toy” that they can bat around and carry in their mouths. A nibble can easily lead to them swallowing the tinsel, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract and can cause severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. If at all possible, try to find something else to decorate with, other than tinsel.

• Food. It’s very important that we keep our sweets and especially chocolate away from our furry friends. But there are also many other things that we need to keep in mind to keep out of the way of our pets. Often times our table scraps have herbs and seasonings that can make our pets very sick. It’s important to do your research before feeding them anything from the table – and instead of table scraps, try spoiling your pet with a new toy or pet biscuit! Also be aware of the things they can get into, such as garbage cans or items left out on the counter! Our pets can be very sneaky – so be on the lookout!

 Toys. We love to give our pets gifts for the holiday season, but make sure you pick out toys and gifts that are safe for them!

Some things to keep in mind:

  •  Dogs often like to tear toys apart and can swallow the smaller pieces that come off, this can lead to them becoming lodged into the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Kong toys are a great and safe gift for your pet to enjoy, and it can be cheap to refill! It’s easy to stuff different foods and treats in your pet’s Kong to keep them entertained and safe from harm’s way.
  •  Although our feline friends enjoy the long, stringy toys, these can be the most risky toys for them. It’s important to watch out for ribbon, yarn, string and other loose little parts that can get stuck in their intestines that can often lead to surgery. Instead, surprise your kitty with a new ball that’s too big to swallow or a stuffed cat nip toy – they will be very happy!

• Holiday plants. Some plants such as poinsettias, mistletoe, holly and various berries can cause pets to suffer from serious illness. Instead of taking the chance that your pet could ingest this, try to opt for some holly-jolly artificial plants to ensure that they are pet-safe!

• Candles. Having that holiday glow is nice, but be sure not to leave them unattended because if they are knocked over it could cause a fire or they could burn themselves. Also use appropriate candle holders, and place them on a stable surface and higher up out of reach. Those fluffy tails can be a problem around a burning flame!

• Wires. Try to place electrical wires and cords along with lights strings in our-of-reach areas, especially if your pet is a chewer! Wires can deliver a potential lethal electrical shock to your pet. Also making sure batteries are out of reach too because a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus.

• House rules. If you have animal-loving friends who just need to play with your pet, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session, but then after a while let your pet have the opportunity to retreat to their own quiet space. Sometimes our pets just need a little alone time in their own private space. Make sure to provide them ample fresh water and a nice place to snuggle up and relax. Often times the noise can be too overwhelming for our furry friends and it’s nice to have an outlet for them.

• Meds and alcohol. Be sure to keep all medication and alcoholic beverages away from your pets. If they’re ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

• New Year’s Noise. As much fun as the big countdown is for us, it can be dangerous and frightening for our furry loves. Keep in mind that the strings of confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines if ingested and potentially lead to surgery. And also noisy poppers can be terrifying for our pets and can cause damage to sensitive ears.

We all want to have a great holiday season, including our furry friends! Just be sure to be aware of the dangers that are around during this busy time. It’s possible to have a fun and safe holiday season, just be aware of the tips listed above!

Happy Holidays from Seattle Humane!AHP_4443-L

Become a Foster Parent Today!

Are you an animal lover? If you can’t get enough of these precious furry love bugs, then you should consider foster care! Fostering an animal can be so rewarding and so much fun. We are always looking for new foster parents for our furry friends here at the Seattle Humane Society!

Help foster underage puppies!
Help our underage puppies grow in a loving foster home!

Last year, 5,483 shelter animals benefited from foster care. The care our dedicated volunteers provide is invaluable, both to the animals and to the people who adopt them. You can foster as much or as little as you like for a wide variety of animals including kittens, puppies, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small critters. Fostering is a rewarding and enriching experience, and a great volunteer project for families or individuals who love animals but cannot commit to having a full-time pet.

Time commitments can range from one to eight weeks. All you need is a room (even a bathroom) and some spare time. We provide all supplies and any necessary medications. To join the foster program, you must first attend an HS101 volunteer orientation. To find an orientation time, visit our volunteer page for more information.

Help our feline friends have a warm place to stay while awaiting their new home!
Help our feline friends have a warm place to stay while awaiting their new home!

Some myths about fostering cats:

 Myth #1: I don’t have enough time.

Fostering a cat does take time, but not as much time as you might think. Many of the cats that need fostering are recovering from colds so they tend to be less active and sleep a lot. It’s true that some cats will need more attention than others, but our foster department will work with you to find a cat that matches the amount of time you have to give. And a long term commitment isn’t necessary – even if you can only foster one time, you are still doing a wonderful thing by helping a cat in need

 Myth #2: I don’t have enough space.

  • A foster cat doesn’t need access to your entire house. A spare bedroom or even a spare bathroom is adequate for fostering. When you think about it, that’s more space than we are able to provide at the shelter. So hanging out in your bathroom will be a luxury!

Myth #3: I have other pets.

  • When fostering it’s best to keep your foster cat separate from your other pets. This reduces the chance that a sick kitty may pass its cold to your other animal companions. If your other pets don’t get along with cats, that’s okay too since your foster cat will be separated into its own spaces. Your pets need not be bothered by your foster guest!

Myth #4: I’ll get too attached.

  • Getting attached to an animal in your care is a normal part of volunteering. The best way to handle this is to remind yourself that you are doing an important thing by giving this kitty another chance at a happy life. People often say, “I couldn’t foster because I’d want to adopt them all myself!” Just remember, our adoption staff does an excellent job at finding great homes for all of our shelter guests. You don’t need to adopt a kitty yourself to give it a wonderful new home. By fostering, you are an integral part of the process and that’s something you can feel great about.

Myth #5: It’s too sad to bring the kitty back to the shelter.

  • Taking a cat from your home environment back to the shelter can be difficult, but being at the shelter gives your foster kitty the most visibility and the best chance of being adopted. Plus, our cats stay in fancy cat condos at the shelter, where they are able to have a home-like environment while we find them a home of their own. Our on-campus volunteers ensure that each and every guest gets the love and attention they need. So you can feel good about brining your foster kitty back to the shelter – doing so marks the beginning of a wonderful new life!

    Be a foster parent for a playful kitten!
    Be a foster parent for a playful kitten!

Our foster parents are heroes! Foster Care Program volunteers are exceptional individuals and heroes to the animals. By opening their hearts and homes to pets in need, these volunteers literally expand the walls of our shelter and save more animals’ lives in our community.

Foster parents help our most fragile shelter guests. They give older pets a break from the shelter environment, allow pets time to recover from surgery, and provide dogs rescued from puppy mills the extra care and socialization they need. They also provide around-the-clock feedings to underage puppies and kittens, and carry out behavior modification programs for dogs to make them adoptable.

To learn how you can make a life-saving difference to the animals in Seattle Humane Society’s Foster Care Program visit us online at seattlehumane.org/volunteer, call our Volunteer Services Manager at (425) 649-7557 or email us at [email protected].

Join our team and make a difference!

Caring for our Senior Pets

Adopt this sweet 12-year-old Maltese mix!
Kraemer was adopted Sept. 2014!

It’s a fact of life that our pets are going to grow old, but that doesn’t mean it has to weigh down our four-legged friends! With providing the proper care to our aging pets, we can make the transition period much easier on them!

What are some things you can do to help them out?

• Visit the vet: optimal healthcare can add years to the life of your pet. Our pets age at least five to seven times faster than we do, so it’s very important to take our pets in for regular examinations. Your pet should visit a vet at least once yearly to get a physical exam, blood screening, urinalysis and a fecal exam. Our senior pets need to see a vet even more often though, at least once every six months.

• Eating right: our senior pets typically need lower fat diets that provide better quality protein. When selecting the right food for your pooch it’s good to look for one with reduced calories and proteins and increased fiber and vitamins. Not all senior pets need the same food though, consult your vet to find out what would be best for your four-legged friend!

This little girl is a 7-year-old love bug!
Dottie May was adopted October 2014!

• Getting exercise: it’s important to help our pets maintain proper weight and muscle strength through regular exercise. More frequent, shorter periods of exercise will be less stressful on aging joints and more beneficial than longer exercise periods. Start with a 5 minute warm-up walk, and then gradually increase the exercise for 20 to 30 minutes and then end with a 5 minute cool down period. Exercise is necessary for their overall well-being but make sure you are being mindful of what your pet can handle!

• Keeping pain away: make sure to seek a veterinarian if you see your pet experiencing pain or discomfort to get the proper treatment and medication. Signs of pain can include reluctance to jump, panting, loss of appetite, reduced activity and behavioral changes.

Senior pets make great companions! With the above tips we can help them live out the remainder of their glory years in less pain.

If you’re looking for a senior pet, this weekend might just be the perfect time to adopt. We are offering $50 off all adoption fees for dogs 3 years and up! The time is always right for a loveable pet, come visit us today and find your perfect match!