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How You Can Help This Holiday Season

Meet Mau,  a 7-year-old fabulous feline with a lot of personality to share!
Mau was adopted December 2014!

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.

This cutie is Bazel, a 6-year-old love-bug ready to become your new best friend!
Bazel was adopted in March 2015!

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.

Miss Katie is a 5-year-old purr machine full of snuggles and love to give.
Miss Katie was adopted in December 2014!

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.

Help make a life-saving donation to the animals today.


Seattle Humane wants to thank all of you for everything you do each and every day for all of our furry friends – Happy Holidays!

Busy Lizzie’s Foster Feature

Lizzie with our foster feature Esmeralda!
Lizzie with our foster feature Esmeralda!

Meet Lizzie, a 5th grade student who’s an aspiring writer and cat lover! She offered to write descriptions of our foster cats to help showcase our loving felines who aren’t seen on campus.  Esmeralda is a 5-year-old torbie who’s currently staying with our wonderful volunteer foster parents, Michael and Tammy. They’ve been taking care of her since August, and recently helped her recover from a radioactive iodine treatment. Esmeralda was surrendered by her owners when they could no longer care for her. Once admitted to the shelter, our vet department diagnosed her with hyperthyroidism, which is the most common glandular disorder in cats. This disorder is most frequently caused by an excessive amount of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream and can cause excessive thirst, weight loss, and excessive stress to vital organs

Esmeralda received radioactive iodine therapy to cure her disorder, which is known as the safest and most effective treatment option for hyperthyroidism. During her two-week isolation period, she spent time recovering in her foster parent’s care. She’s now doing well thanks to her foster parents, our vet department and of course, all the help from the community’s generous donations to obtain the special treatment she needed.

Esmeralda is currently staying in one of our lovely foster care homes. If you would like to learn more about Esmeralda, or would like to set up a time to meet her, you can contact our adoption team at [email protected] or (425) 649-7563.




Esmeralda was adopted in December 2014!


Hi, I’m Esmeralda! I’m a 5-year-old torbie (that’s tortoiseshell/ tabby) who’s looking for a loving home! I am very friendly and love snuggling with everyone and everything especially blankets. I also love to play hide-and-seek with my foster parents, Michael and Tammy. I burrow under the covers and wait for them to find me. I am what humans would call a “lap cat” and would prefer a quiet home with gentle, caring owners who will love me and give me cuddles and scratches. I was brought to the Seattle Humane Society and their vet team diagnosed me with hyperthyroidism. Thanks to generous animal lovers like you, I received radioactive iodine treatment. Not the best experience of my life, but it worked! So now I am ready to be adopted and I need no further medication or treatment. (For the sports-loving families, I also LOVE the Seahawks. Go Hawks!!!!!) If I sound like the purrfect companion for life, contact the adoption team at [email protected]. You will be glad you did!