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Busy Lizzie’s Foster Feature

Pepper is a beautiful 12-year-old girl who has been in our care since last October. She’s currently living in a loving foster home, because she is highly stressed at the shelter.  Pepper enjoys being around people, but more as an observer. She’s a social, but quiet girl, who will welcome her friends and strangers alike with a simple head bump. You can win her over with a good under-the- chin scratch! This little lady isn’t demanding, but she is sensitive to change, and will need a perfectly kept powder room to keep her happy. Add some spice to your life and meet Pepper today!

Pepper is currently staying in one of our lovely foster care homes. If you would like to learn more or meet Pepper, please contact our adoption team at [email protected] or (425) 649-7563.

And, great news! Pepper will be featured at our Meow Mixer tomorrow night, come enjoy some snacks and wine while getting to know this sweet kitty!


Meet the gorgeous Pepper, a 12-year-old sweetheart ready to become your new best friend!
Pepper was adopted in December 2014!


By Lizzie Pitts, age 11

“Hi, I’m Pepper! I’m a big-hearted purrball that will leave you saying ‘awwww!’ When my foster parent, Beth, took me in I was kind of a big blob, but now I am trim, fit and ready for action!

Even though I am not shy, I would prefer a home with older children. But, other than that, I would take any home as long as it’s full of kind, loving people.

I like feathers, too. I will playfully bat at them with my paws, but what I really love is CATNIP!!!! Catnip makes me go kinda nuts. You can put it on my scratch post and prepare for me to go bananas!

I love to be around you. I will sit next to you on the couch, and if you want to watch your favorite TV show but don’t have anyone to watch it with- fear not! I will come to your aid and soon you will be cozy with me next to you.

I’m excited for a home to call my own. If I sound like a purrfect friend and kitty for you, please contact Seattle Humane’s adoption team at [email protected].”

Black Cats are the BEST!

Trenton is a 6-year-old sweetheart ready to be your new best friend!
Trenton was adopted Nov. 3, 2014!

The day for dressing up and trick-or-treating has finally arrived! Today is a day for our two-legged friends to go out in costume and enjoy a bunch of candy, but this day tends to bring on some bad and not so true reputations about our four-legged furry friends!

Black cats tend to have a bad reputation especially around Halloween time. But in reality, they’re beautiful furry friends who deserve just as much love and attention as any other pet. The fact is that black cats are only half as likely to be adopted as cats of other colors. We want to make sure you know the true facts about black cats, and crush all the myths you may have heard over the years!

Myth 1: Black Cats Are Bad Luck

People tend to associate black cats with bad luck, but this is not true at all. These sweet felines have been given an unfair reputation and many people still do believe the hype. This is a myth that dates back to the Middle Ages when black cats were associated with witchcraft. Many cultures actually worship the black cat, and in some countries they are considered to be good luck. They are not scary, and they are not bad luck. The only scary thing is that these precious fur babies have the hardest time getting placed into loving homes.

Myth 2: Black Cats Are Evil

Cats in general are very playful and love to jump and climb on things. They also have a stealth mode and can follow you around being very sneaky without you even noticing they are there! This is something that all cats do; it’s not just a characteristic of black cats. All cats enjoy being playful and sneaky, it doesn’t make them evil!

Some fun facts about black cats!

Adopted Oct. 2014!
Bear, adopted Oct. 2014!
  • Lots of famous cats have been black like Salem in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Winky in Escape to Witch Mountain, Isis in Star Trek, the nameless black cat from Coraline, Binx in Hocus Pocus Felix the cat and Sylvester!
  • Black cats are elegant! They are always ready for a black tie event.
  • They look great in photos
  • In many countries, they are considered to be lucky. For example in England black cats are considered good luck to give a bride on her wedding day. In Japan, black cats are thought to attract suitors to single women. Also, according to Scottish lore, a black cat appearing at your home can lead to great wealth! You can say your cat is a mini panther – how cool!
  • Black cats are very stylish, they go with every outfit
  • If you’re looking to slim down, add a black cat to your life and enhance the slimming effect!
  • They’re just like any other cat. They are loving, sweet and great cuddle buddies
  • Black cats are usually the last to be adopted so they need your help and love!


Adopt this sweet girl Mazey, she's 2-years-old and ready to snuggle up next to you!
Mazey, adopted Nov. 1, 2014!

Black cats have an odd stigma, but they truly are just as loveable and adoptable as any other feline! Help us turn their luck around by adopting a black cat this weekend!

All weekend long, the fees on black kittens and cats have been waived! Join us in helping these furry friends find a home of their own. Also, there will be cat and dog treats available – and human treats, too! Check out our website to see all of our adoptable, available pets!

Learn more about myth busting facts on adopting black cats around Halloween time here! Adopt and save a life today.

FIV – Fact & Fiction

Eddie is a 5-year-old FIV+ kitty who's just as sweet as can be. He loves under-the-chin scratches and snuggles. Learn more!
Eddie is a 5-year-old FIV+ kitty who’s just as sweet as can be. He loves chin scratches and snuggles. Learn more!

What is FIV?
The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a slow-developing virus that weakens the feline immune system. It’s estimated that 3 percent of cats nationwide are infected with FIV; mostly unaltered males due to their tendency to roam and fight while looking for a mate.

How is it transmitted?
FIV is spread between cats through blood transfusions, deep bite wounds, and less commonly, through intercourse or an infected mother’s milk to nursing kittens. Sharing a litter box, sleeping area, toys, water bowl or other items will NOT transmit FIV between cats.

Can humans or other pets get FIV?
No, FIV is a feline-specific disease. Although FIV is similar to HIV in the way the virus works, it cannot be spread to any other species.

This chubby-cheeked boy is Nicholas, a 4-year-old black and white kitty. Adopt Nicholas!
This chubby-cheeked boy is Nicholas, a 4-year-old black and white kitty. Adopt Nicholas!

How will FIV affect a cat’s life expectancy?
Most FIV cats can live long, healthy and happy lives just like any other cherished feline. Due to a weakened immune system, they are more susceptible to secondary infections so it’s important that they be indoor only companions and fed a nutritionally balanced diet (raw food diets are not recommended).

Is it more expensive to care for a FIV+ cat?
If your cat is kept indoors and healthy, it’s not likely that they will require more veterinary care than a non-infected cat. They will need bi-annual wellness exams, up-to-date vaccinations, and protection against common parasites like fleas and worms, which is not unlike other pets.

Simon, an 8-year-old tabby kitty, has big green eyes and a love of lounging. Learn more!
Simon, an 8-year-old tabby kitty, has big green eyes and a love of lounging. Meet Simon today!

How can FIV be prevented?
The best mode of protection against FIV is keeping your cat indoor only and having them spayed or neutered.

There is a vaccine for FIV, but its efficacy is somewhat controversial. The vaccine will also cause a cat to test positive for FIV because of the antibodies present. Preventing exposure is still the best way to protect your cat from the virus, but you should discuss the pros and cons of the vaccine with your veterinarian.

This 5-year-old lover boy is Shamrock and he can't wait to purr his way into your heart! Learn more about Shamrock.
He’s a 5-year-old lover boy named Shamrock and he can’t wait to purr his way into your heart! Learn more about him.

At Seattle Humane, we know FIV+ kitties are just as sociable and capable of love as any other cat. We encourage you to adopt a FIV+ cat – or better yet, a pair of feline friends! Eddie, Nicholas, Gretchen and Shamrock are just a few of the cats available for adoption. Meet them in person at our shelter in Bellevue – we’re open every day at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Sun.-Wed. and 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat.

Still have questions? Our Adoption Advisors would love to chat with you about caring for a FIV+ kitty. Come see us!