With 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!
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!
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!
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.
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 seattlehumane.org to see our adoptable pets and learn how to be a responsible pet owner.