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Take Your Dog to Work Day!

20141119_080022_resizedSeattle is a pet-friendly city and home to several pet-friendly companies including Amazon and Trupanion. This Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day; before the big day arrives we wanted to make sure to brush up on some doggie etiquette! Take advantage of this special day and bring your furry friend into work with you – if your boss lets you! If you’re planning to bring your best furry friend to work with you, follow these etiquette tips so you and your pet can have a productive and successful day in the office.

  • Do an office check. As a general rule, most companies only allow dogs in the office. If you’re planning to bring your cat or exotic pet, be sure to check in with your employer about what animals are allowed. Also, be sure to pet proof your office space! Be sure to put away anything toxic, tape loose electrical cords and place things higher up so your pooch can’t reach them.
  • Make sure your furry friend is fit for work. Your pet should be healthy, well-behaved, socialized and house trained (If there is an accident, don’t fret, just clean it up!). Remember that your office will be an unfamiliar environment so use your best judgment when it comes to the well-being of your pet. It’s also important that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date before he comes in for his big day – if he’s not feeling well, let him take a sick day at home.
  • Prepare a doggie goodie bag. Bring your pet’s bed, favorite toys, food and water, and lots of treats to help your pet feel comfortable. This will also help to keep them busy so you can do the same.
  • Don’t force interactions between your coworkers and your pet. Not everyone is comfortable with animals and you want to be respectful of how they feel. Be mindful of fellow employees’ time and space.
  • Steer clear of certain locations. Be mindful of your pet and avoid taking them in the lunchroom or restroom.
  • Keep Fido close to you. Dogs should be kept on leash unless they’re in your personal office or cubicle.
  • Come to the office prepared. Always make sure your dog is properly identified by having them wear their collar with an ID tag. If they do happen to escape your office space, having an ID tag will make it easier to help Fido get back to you as quickly as possible! Also, setting up a baby gate in the office doorway will help prevent dogs from escaping.
  • Know your options. Have a backup plan for taking your dog home if he or she is not comfortable in the work environment.

Pets can be motivators in the workplace. By improving mood, morale and interpersonal relationships – there will be a noticeable increase in productivity. Having pets in the office can also help employees learn a healthy work-life balance, encouraging them to take breaks because their pets need one, too. Happy employees are better employees!

Hardwood Floors vs. Your Pets

Adopt Morgan, a 1-year-old boisterous girl ready to take on any adventure with you!
Adopt Morgan, a 1-year-old boisterous girl ready to take on any adventure with you!

If you have hardwood floors or are thinking about getting hardwood floors but don’t want them completely destroyed by your pets, then you might want to follow these helpful tips.

We all want to have nice looking floors in our home, but with pets it might be a little bit challenging. Taking the proper precautions to help protect your floors is important to keep your floors looking nice. Also it’s beneficial to do some research beforehand to determine what type of wood will hold up best against scratches from our animal’s claws and the damage that might come from an accidental potty in the house.

Although we all want that fancy look of the real hardwood, laminate or luxury vinyl flooring can sometimes be a great second best option that doesn’t look all that bad – and they will be a better option if you have pets! If you absolutely just have to have the authentic hardwood lumber though, you should go with a three-quarter-inch flooring so that you are able to refinish it several times if need be. Listed below are some options for hardwood that would go best in a pet friendly home.

  • Brazilian teak
  • Brazilian walnut
  • Brazilian ebony
  • Natural strand bamboo
  • Acacia
  • Brazilian cherry
  • Hickory
  • Red Oak
  • White Oak
  • Hard Maple

If you’re looking for a good pet friendly floor that isn’t hardwood but still looks really nice, consider checking out Pet Friendly Flooring. Their flooring is designed for the active lifestyle of children and pets. They use natural cork plank flooring and then finish with a rich vinyl that is virtually impervious to spills, stains and scratches. Also, they are easy to install and come in a variety of patterns and colors.

Whichever flooring you choose, you still probably want to keep your floors looking nice and keep damage to a minimum.

How to Keep the Damage to a Minimum with Pets:

Meet Sweet Pea, a 4-year-old Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix who's adorable with her little head tilt!
Sweet Pea was adopted in March 2015!
  • Trim your pet’s nails – it will help reduce the amount of scratches on your floor and it will make your pet happier!
  • Make sure to wipe your dog’s paws off after they’ve been outside to get any dirt, sand or mess off before they step on your wood floors.
  • If you have a pet that sheds, it might be beneficial to pick a floor color that’s similar to the color of your dog’s hair – because there will be a lot of hair on your floors!
  • Keep liquids off the flooring as best as possible. Place a mat under your animal’s drinking bowl to keep water off the floor and also make sure to clean up any urine or vomit as quickly as possible. To clean a mess off the floor, use a damp cloth with a mixture of plain vinegar and warm water.
  • Place rugs in high-traffic areas. If your dog runs to the door every time the doorbell rings then it might be a good idea to place a rug along that path to save your floors and help your pet’s traction which will also lessen their chances of injury.

Scratches will probably be the biggest pet-related problem you face with having hardwood floors. To try and prevent those scratches you can use more finish on the floor. If you have scratches in the finish, they can be fixed with a new coat of polyurethane. Scratches in the wood have to be sanded out, so the more finish you use, the less work you’ll have to do. Going with a tougher finish might be expensive at first, but it will save you money in the end when you don’t have to sand the whole room.

Hardwood floors can still be an option if you have pets. Just remember your pets and flooring can live in harmony if you plan ahead, research and give extra care to both your floor and pets.

World Spay Day is Feb. 24!

Charlie is a handsome 1-year-old Labrador Retriever who's ready to take on the world with you!
Charlie was adopted Feb. 2015!

Spaying and neutering your pets is so important, and with World Spay Day being tomorrow, we wanted to share a few of those benefits!

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will not only improve the health and well being of your beloved family member, but you will also be taking one of the important steps toward reducing the number of unwanted pets in shelters.

· You get a healthier pet. Spayed/neutered pets are less likely to roam away from home, get injured in fights or get lost.  They live twice as long and are less likely to develop breast, uterine, ovarian, prostate or testicular cancers.  This means lower medical bills. 

· You get a happier family member.  Spay/neutered pets are freed from the constant need to roam and seek out mates.  Their personalities do not change.  They are calmer because they are more focused on being a loving member of their caregiver family.  And with adequate daily exercise and a reasonable diet, they don’t get fat.

· Your pet can relax and smell the roses.  Spayed females and your family avoid the annoyance of serenading would-be suitors – screaming and howling throughout the day and into the night.  Altered animals are less territorial, less likely to fight and less likely to bite.  Walking your pet becomes a lot safer. 

· Your pet and your house will be cleaner.  Spayed females will not have heat cycles that soil your rugs and furniture.  And neutered males are less likely to mark furniture and rugs with urine.  This means less special cleaning bills.

· Spaying or neutering your pet is a good investment.  It will cost you more to care for one litter of puppies or kittens created by your family pet.  Even a responsible breeder rarely breaks even or makes money by selling dogs or cats.  And once you multiply the increased food, basic supplies, veterinarian and advertising costs to find homes for the animals, the cost of altering your pet will look like a very smart investment.

Meet Auburn, a beautiful 8-year-old girl who can't wait to show off her purrfectly loveable charm!
Auburn was adopted in March 2015!

· Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. The high numbers of pets are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

In honor of World Spay Day, Seattle Humane held our own Feline Fix Day on February 18th where our Veterinarian Team was able to perform 52 spays and 84 neuters on felines. And although our spay day is over for this month, there are many other shelters and veterinarians who are participating in World Spay Day. To learn more information about which veterinarians and shelters are participating, click here.


Westminster Annual Show!

The Westminster Kennel Club is hosting its 139th annual show in New York City on Feb. 16-17, featuring 192 different breeds. With a whopping 2,711 entries, it’s standing as the second-longest continuously-held sporting event in the country, just right behind the Kentucky Derby.

This iconic dog show is hosting many different varieties of breeds from Golden Retrievers to a White Bull Terrier. Since 1877 this has been a treasured show for many competitors and dog lovers. Check out all the live action on Feb. 16 and 17!

At Seattle Humane, we love dogs in every shape, size, age, breed and background. We mean it when we say we’ve got someone for everyone!

In honor of the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual show, we thought we would show off a few of our happy four-legged friends who are available for adoption today.

Check out these perfectly adorable pups:

Apollo was adopted in Feb. 2015 by a loving new family!

Check out this show stopper, Apollo who has won the hearts of many staff, volunteers and guests alike. He’s an American Bulldog named after a Greek God because of his magnificent presence and big, handsome stature. Despite his big and bold presence, he’s got the sweetest disposition. Apollo is a loveable guy with a gentle nature – he’s ready to meet you today at Seattle Humane!

Jodie was adopted into a great new home in Feb. 2015!

Look at those ears! Jodie is a sweet, gorgeous German Shepherd and Irish Wolfhound mix who still has the energy of a puppy. She’s smart, playful and loves being the center of attention – what more could you ask for in a pup?! This cute, inquisitive lady is waiting for you at Seattle Humane – don’t miss out on the chance to adopt this special girl!

DiamondDon’t let Diamond’s sparkling personality blind you! This sweet girl is a happy, loving and loyal gal. Even though she’s a pretty big dog, she would love nothing more than to just curl up on your lap. Diamond is full of life and would love to accompany you on all of your adventures. This gorgeous girl is up for it all! Come in and meet this special pup today!

As for your next canine sensation, whether you’re looking for a specific breed or a creative, smile-inducing hybrid, they’re waiting for you at Seattle Humane.

See more adoptable pets at seattlehumane.org.

Valentine’s Day Pet Tips

VdayPromo2015_WebAdLove is in the air with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching. Flowers will be sent and chocolates will be devoured, but some of these things can be dangerous for our pets. It’s important to keep certain foods, flowers and other items out of paws’ reach. There’s a rise in cases for poison control every year around Valentine’s Day that involve chocolate and lilies which can be potentially fatal for our cats.

We have listed some advice and pet tips to help you and your furry friends have a safe and happy holiday!

Pet-Friendly Flowers

Be sure to request that lilies are removed from a bouquet if the recipient has a cat at home. If you receive a bouquet of flowers, make sure to look through and remove all the dangerous flowers and plants. Check out this list of what should and shouldn’t be in your bouquets for the safety of your pets.


It’s okay for us to indulge in a little chocolate, but for our pets it can cause some damage and possible be life-threatening. With darker chocolates there’s a chance that it can affect gastrointestinal, neurological and cardiac function which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. The lighter chocolates contain higher fat and can also lead to a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Leave the chocolate to the humans and keep it out of paws’ reach!


It’s a completely normal time to break out a little wine or bubbly, but be sure to be extra cautious around your pets. If you spill your drink, make sure to clean it up before

This happy girl is Jasmine, a 3-year-old tabby with mesmerizing eyes!
Jasmine was adopted into a home of her own in Feb. 2015!

your pet can get to it and lick it up. Due to their smaller size, it can cause a lot of harm or potentially fatal respiratory failure if enough is ingested.


Keep your flower arrangements away from your pet! If they step, bite or swallow a thorny flower it can cause a serious infection or a puncture.

Burning Candles

It’s nice to have a romantic setting with candles or a little burning flame, but be sure to put the flame out before leaving the room. Our pets might be nosy and curious and can either cause a fire by knocking them over or burn themselves.

Gifts and Packaging

All of those pretty bows, ribbons, cellophane and balloons can cause your pet to choke or vomit if ingested. After opening presents, just do a quick clean-up session so it doesn’t pose a problem for your furry friends!

Luna is a fabulous 7-year-old German Shepherd mix who will make a great companion.
Luna was adopted in Feb. 2015!

Four-legged Companion

What’s better than getting a cuddly puppy or kitten for Valentine’s Day – however, returning a pet you hadn’t planned on having is not so romantic. A furry friend is a lifelong commitment and sometimes choosing a pet for someone else doesn’t always turn out right. Instead of adopting a pet for someone, you can always get an adoption gift certificate for that special someone! With no expiration date, your sweetheart has as long as it takes to find the pet of their dreams. Adoption gift certificates can be purchased by phone at (425) 649-7563 or in person at the shelter.

And if the time is right now, come visit the Seattle Humane Society – we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with half price adoption fees on dogs and cats 3 years and up, February 13-15!

Enjoy a happy and pet safe Valentine’s Day!