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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Seattle Humane!

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Meet Scooby, a 1-year-old Chihuahua mix who loves to go on short walks followed by lots of cuddle time!

Are you stumped on what to get mom for this Mother’s Day? Are you looking for a last minute gift idea? We’ve got you covered! Mother’s Day is just right around the corner – hurry into Seattle Humane to get your mom the purrfect gift!

Here at Seattle Humane we have many different options for your animal loving mom this Mother’s Day. Whether you’re just looking for some Seattle Humane merchandise or looking to adopt a furry friend, we can help you out!

If now feels like the right time to adopt, bring mom in this weekend to receive a special adoption promotion on any pet. All weekend long, any mom who adopts a pet will receive $25 off the adoption fee! View all of our adoptable pets online!

This sweet kitty is Eliza, a 9-month-old girl who has a friend Zeena, who she would love to go home with!
Eliza was adopted in May 2015!

Maybe right now isn’t the perfect timing for a new pet, but you’ve been talking about a new addition for a while. There’s always the option of getting mom a gift certificate to Seattle Humane so she can chose the time to come in and get a furry friend of her own! It’s easy to purchase a gift certificate – just call us at 425-649-7563 or visit us in person!

If you aren’t looking for a new addition to your family, Seattle Humane merchandise is always a big hit for someone who might already have a pet of their own or someone who just wants to show their Seattle Humane pride. We’ve got plenty of options online for you as well as here at the shelter. Come visit us at 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005, before Sunday to get mom the perfect gift!2015 MothersDay Web Small

Adopt a Shelter Pet!

If you’re looking to add a furry friend to your family, National Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Day might be the time to do so! Seattle Humane is participating by offering 50% off all pet adoption fees on April 30th. That includes any pet, of any age.

View all of our available pets at www.seattlehumane.org. If those cute faces aren’t enough to convince you to adopt a shelter pet, here are five additional reasons!


Boarding Your Pet

i-cwMrXZS-X2With summer right around the corner and spring break vacations occurring now, you might need to find a place for your furry friend to stay. Preparing for a vacation can be a stressful time, and if you can’t take your pet with you, it’s just one more thing to worry about. Finding a place for your pet to stay is an important step in preparing for your vacation and if you aren’t able to find a pet sitter or family member to watch your pet, you want to find the second best thing. Many boarding facilities have different rules and daily activities, before booking a stay for your family pet, consider the following helpful tips.

  • Ask around. Asking friends or family is one way of finding a great boarding facility. Friends and family can give you their honest opinion on how their experience was. Also, your local veterinarian might have a few suggestions for you too.
  • Visit in person. It’s important to go to each boarding location and visit them in person so you can see for yourself where your pet might be staying. Introduce yourself to staff to see how friendly and knowledgeable they are about dogs and cats. Also, be sure to seek out staff members who might specifically work with your pet. Find out if someone will be on the premises at all times and if there’s a veterinarian on call 24/7. Not only is it important that the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, but it’s also important that the facility is clean, has appropriate enclosures for the size of your pet, and that your pet will have protected access to the outdoors.
  • Know the rules. Most boarding facilities will insist that your pet be up-to-date on all vaccinations. Be sure to bring a copy of your pet’s heath record with you when touring the different boarding facilities. If you find a facility you like, you can register right then instead of having to go back with the medical records.
  • Tour the entire facility. This includes the outdoor areas. Make sure there is a fence enclosing the yard so that your pet won’t accidentally escape. Also you want to be sure dog waste is picked up at the facility. You don’t want your pet staying somewhere that isn’t well taken care of!
  • Special kitty needs. Your cat might not enjoy the loudness of barking dogs, so be sure to check out the area they have designated for your pet. A lot of boarding rooms have a separate soundproof area just for cats to provide a less stressful stay. Also, be sure to see if they have a “cat room” where your pet can roam around and stretch a few hours a day. Make sure all litter boxes are properly tended to.
  • Room assignments. If you have two dogs that are bonded together, ask to see if they can be in the same room. If you are just boarding one dog, make sure that they won’t be sticking another dog in the same room as yours. Your pet doesn’t want to have to stay with a stranger!
  • Daily agenda. Ask the boarding facility for a copy of what your dog or cat’s typical day would be like there. How often will it be fed? How many hours will it be free to play? How often does your dog get taken on walks? Is there supervised time with other pets staying at the same location? Is there a trainer on staff who might teach your dog a few things while you are away? How often do they spend one-on-one time with your pet? And, do they have webcams in place so you can watch your pet from afar on your computer? A lot of facilities do have webcam access for your piece of mind.
  • Hours of business. Make sure to know the hours of operation for the facility you chose. You don’t want to be on your way to the airport in the morning and see that they aren’t quite open yet. Prepare in advance to know when they open and when they close.
  • Special instructions. If your pet has any special dietary needs or health needs, make sure to ask the facility if they allow you to bring in special food or if they are willing to administer medicine your pet might need. It might be a good idea to ask if you can bring your own food even if your pet doesn’t require a special meal, just so they don’t have to switch up their routine diet.
  • Grooming. Before picking up your dog, ask if they can groom or bathe your dog. Dogs especially might get a lot of different smells on them and it’s always nice to come home with a clean pooch!
  • Trial run. If you have concerns about how your pet might do in a boarding facility, let them have a trial run for a night. If your dog comes back stressed, dirty or upset, you’ll know to look for another facility.
  • Book early. Boarding facilities can fill up fast – especially the good ones. Be prepared that during the holidays you will need to book your pet’s stay way in advance.
  • Don’t forget your pet’s identification. Be sure to have your pet with a collar and identification tags with their name on it along with at least your name and phone number. It might also be a good idea to get your pet a microchip before being boarded. Often times identification tags or collars can fall off your pet and become lost. Microchips are a safe and easier way to find your pet if they get lost or misplaced while you are on vacation.

boarding your petPreparing ahead of time and having a plan will help ensure peace of mind for both you and your pet when you go on vacation.

Below are a few options near Seattle for boarding your pet:

Cascade Kennels

Holiday Kennels

The Barking Lounge


Busy Lizzie’s Foster Feature: Lula

Meet Lula, an adorable 12-year-old Siamese ready to be your best friend!
Meet Lula, an adorable 12-year-old Siamese ready to be your best friend!

This week Lizzie is featuring the fabulous Lula. Busy Lizzie has gotten to know this special kitty and is now sharing her story with you.

She’s currently living it up in a foster home, but it’s easy to set up a time to meet her! If you are interested in meeting Lula, please contact our Adoption Team at 425-649-7563 or [email protected].

AND Lula is part of our 30 First Dates adoption promotion. We have picked a few of our fancy felines to take part in this free 30-day adoption trial which includes all of the food and supplies during their stay with you. If after 30 days they’re still a purrfect match, then the adoption fee is only $25!


By Lizzie Pitts, Age 11

Lula and Lizzie enjoying some quality time and under the chin scratches.
Lula and Lizzie enjoying some quality time and under the chin scratches.

Hi there, my name is Lula and people call me a superhero. I’m super-friendly, super-talkative, and super-cuddly! I love to sit on your lap the whole night, just enjoying your company. I may just be the cutest 12-year-old Siamese around, but I have a secret. Shh, don’t tell anyone! I have a diet that I have to follow in order to lose a little of my winter coat (I may have eaten one too many Christmas sugar cookies — oops!) It’s no big deal though, I know for a fact that I’m not the only one!

I enjoy people who have a lot of time to spend with me since I love people! Because I have such a strong love for people, I would prefer to be the only pet in the house since I tend to get a little jealous and territorial when other cats are around.

Besides my love for people, I also LOVE toys! I especially like string toys that hang from doorknobs. My awesome foster parent Lisa says I am VERY playful for being twelve – I just like to have fun!

So that’s me in a nutshell! If you’re looking for a kitty who is pretty, playful, and positively adorable then email the Adoption Team at [email protected] to set up a time to meet me at the Seattle Humane Society — you’ll be glad you did!

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]