Calling 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 Adventures 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!
Although 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!
There’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]
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.
Thinking about adding a new furry friend to your family but want to start small? Or perhaps you’ve never considered a critter such as a rabbit, guinea pig or hamster because they don’t seem to have the personalities of dogs and cats? We’re here to dispel some common critter myths and offer some fun insights as to why big love really can come in a small pet package!
Myth #1:Small animals are boring. Not so! Critters – in particular, rabbits, guinea pigs and even rats – are highly social animals. They thrive when they have a friend to spend part of the day with – whether that is you, their caretaker, or a fellow critter. Often a rabbit will do a kind of “happy dance,” which involves jumping, twisting and turning in the air.
Myth #2:Small animals aren’t as intelligent, and I can’t interact with them as much. Many critters, in addition to being highly sociable, are bright and curious! Rabbits can even be clicker-trained and rewarded with small, healthy treats. Guinea pigs have even been known to recognize the sound of vegetables being chopped or a refrigerator door being opened and can become quite vocal and excited.
Myth #3:My child will not learn as much about animal care from a small animal as they would with a dog or cat. We think critters make excellent “starter” pets when introducing the younger members of your family to the responsibilities of animal care. Because critters are generally less hands-on maintenance than a dog or cat, they can be an easier entry into pet care. For instance, critters can be more easily contained. Perhaps your child isn’t ready to start walking the family dog, but they can learn the responsibilities of safe handling, feeding and cleaning of a pet while inside the home. In addition, the healthy and balanced diets that most critters enjoy is a great way to teach your kids about fruits and veggies!
Myth #4:Aren’t all critters dirty and smelly? Actually most small animals are very clean and neat, and spend a good portion of their day grooming themselves. It is important to always provide your small animal with clean bedding and habitats. Rabbits can even be litter box-trained, and hamsters never need baths!
Given their unique and individual personalities, sociability and intelligence, and overall cuteness in a tiny package, these are some of the reasons we think critters can make excellent pets! We have many critters available for adoption – come meet your match at Seattle Humane today!