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.
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.
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.
Seattle Humane wants to thank all of you for everything you do each and every day for all of our furry friends – Happy Holidays!
Now is the perfect time to adopt a senior pet. Why? Because November is Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month, and senior pets are just the best! All month long the fee for adopting a senior pet will be reduced!
A majority of senior pets come to us due to no fault of their own. Sometimes their owners become too ill to take care of them or they just don’t have the means to make owning a pet possible anymore. Our senior pets are so special and deserve that extra special love and care!
When looking for the perfect pet it’s easy to go for the cute little puppy, but what about that adorable older dog? Most of us tend to overlook the senior pets. What you didn’t take into account though was the countless hours needed to be spent with a new puppy. Many senior dogs already know all their doggy manners and are a lot more manageable! Shelters are filled with happy, healthy and active senior dogs that are in need of a home.
As you are looking for a dog, don’t look past the older dogs. They make great pets for numerous reasons!
Senior dogs need love and homes just as badly as younger pups. Many older dogs were once owned and loved by someone, and for whatever reason they were given up and are in need of a new home. They make loving and loyal companions, just like any other dog!
Just add love! All they need is love. Older animals adapt to their new family after a little love and time. You might not be their first family, but they won’t show you any less love! They will quickly shower you with love and you will become his love and only family! Older dogs have been around the block and they already know what it takes to get along with others, they will be a part of the family in no time at all!
They know they have been given a second chance at life. More mature dogs and cats truly understand that they have been saved and given that second chance. You can see it in their eyes, that they are saying, “thank you for saving me.” Older dogs are often the last to be adopted, so you can be a hero!
Make great companions for any age. Senior pets typically have a more relaxed temperament which makes a great pet for the young and the elderly alike! Our younger children can benefit from a senior pet who is more tolerant and may already be well socialized with the younger kiddos. More mature people also benefit from our senior pets because they are more likely to be aligned with their energy level. They will still need the exercise, as does any pet, but they aren’t going to need to run a marathon every day!
They are super-loving companions. Like we said above, senior pets typically already have a more relaxed temperament and know what it takes to get along with everyone! Older dogs already know how to make a great loving, loyal companion and late night snuggle buddy. We often get emails from adopters who have adopted wonderful senior pets telling us how it was an instant bond and they couldn’t be happier with their choice!
What you see, is what you get. There won’t be any surprise growth spurts or major temperament changes. They have already grown into their body and personality so you know they will be a good fit for you and your family.
They aren’t a 24-7 job. Grown-up dogs don’t require the constant monitoring puppies do, they allow you to have more freedom. They already have their routines set in place, and enjoy their relaxing and nap time. Older animals are mellower than younger pets and more emotionally mature.
Training is a lot easier. A senior pet may already know some basic commands and they will definitely be more responsive to learning more. They have more focus than a puppy or a kitten. They are also wired to please their human friends and are faster learners. Also, older dogs are likely to already be housetrained—if they aren’t, like I said above, they are fast learners! Your furniture will also thank you because they are less likely to be destructive chewers unlike puppies who are in their prime teething years.
They’re cute! Plain and simply put, senior pets are just oh so cute and deserve a second chance at life!
Need we say more? Senior pets are the best! You will quickly learn this too if you adopt one! Stop by Seattle Humane all month long to enjoy this special senior pet adoption promotion.
For the month of November, all senior pets get their age discounted from their adoption fee for pets 7 years and up!