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7 Ways to Transition New Pets into the Home

The holiday season is a time of year where shelters everywhere experience many “gift adoptions.” While the thought of surprising your loved ones with a long anticipated furry friend might be heartwarming, many of these gift adoptions don’t work out. Why? Because many gift adoptions are impulsive. They can also be forced – where potential adopters feel pressured to pick any cute animal just to put him or her under the tree.

Instead of bringing home a pet for Christmas, we suggest purchasing a gift certificate from Seattle Humane. This way, you’re still surprising your family with an adoption, while giving your family time to search for your perfect furry friend! You’ll also be able to include them during the exciting search process.

But sometimes that PURR-FECT pet comes along, and you just can’t let go of him or her. If your home has resident pets, follow our pet tips below for a seamless introduction:


1. Introduce dogs in a neutral environment.

Dogs should be introduced in a neutral environment. Seattle Humane requires all dogs meet prior to introduction. But before bringing home your new family member, be sure to let the dogs meet again in a park.

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Leash both the dogs and introduce them in a calm area. Have one person handle one dog each. Make sure to keep walking until your dog’s body language is calm and relaxed. Keep leashes loose as tense leash can make your pet anxious.

Once the dogs are showing curiosity about each other, allow them some sniffing time. Treat good behavior in both dogs promptly. If the dogs lash out at each other, pull them away and resume walking.

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Typically, dogs will become at ease with each other after a good walk. But sometimes when taking them home, resident dogs may exhibit territorial behavior. Do not punish dogs for being aggressive. Remember that the introduction process is highly variable with each dog. Be patient and remain positive.


2. Introduce cats to resident pets by scent.

Cats should be introduced to resident pets by scent. Confine resident pets in one room and allow the new kitty to sniff around the house. Once kitty is adjusted to the new smells, confine him/her in a room of his/her own. See the picture below for room inspirations! Then allow resident pets to sniff out the house.

Once a day, rotate the pets. Confine and allow resident pets to explore kitty’s room. While resident pets are sleuthing, allow kitty to smell out the rest of the house.

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This process should take anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on the pets’ personalities.

Resist the urge to throw the pets in one room to “work it out.” This ironically almost never works out and instead reinforces unwanted behavior. Also, never confine a cat in a crate while allowing resident pets to sniff around the crate.


3. Create positive associations with their scent.

To encourage a good relationship between pets, make sure to give them plenty of treats for good behavior. Do not yell, scold, and spank if they lash out on each other. This will make them associate each other’s presence with fear and anger. Instead, pull them away from each other and give them their needed space. Try again later, and promptly reward any good behavior.

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For kitties, feed new cats in their allotted room. And feed resident pets outside the kitty’s door. Once they seem comfortable, you may put kitty’s bowl on one side of the door, and resident pets’ food on the other side.


4. Allow sneak peeks.

For kitties and resident pets, once they’re comfortable with each other, allow sneak peeks. You may carry kitty and allow them to see each other. Reward good behavior. Moderate hissing is normal. But if fearful behavior comes out, put kitty back in the room. Try again the next day, and reward good behavior.

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Another good method is using a baby gate and keeping kitty on one side, and resident pets on the other. This allows them to get full view and interactions, while still providing a safe barrier.


5. Exercise the dogs regularly.

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If the dogs are tired out from exercise and play, a seamless home transition is more likely. Cooped up dogs are more likely to lash out from frustration.


6. Do not leave pets unattended.

Even though your pets might look like they get along, do not leave them unattended for a few months. You never know how pets will interact once you leave.

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Instead, continue to confine your new pet in their own space, while leaving resident pets in their usual set up.


7. Be patient and get your family on board.

Introducing pets to each other is a long process that requires lots of individual and team effort. Do not be discouraged if your pets need some time to get used to each other.

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Just keep trying, be gentle, slow down, and be positive. Also be sure to talk to your family to get a game plan on board.

Busy Lizzie’s Foster Feature

Busy Lizzie is at it again! This week’s foster features are Mervin and Violet. Currently they’re both living it up in the wonderful care of a foster parent where they get daily love and attention. If you’re interested in meeting Mervin or Violet, it’s easy to set up a time to meet them! Contact our Adoption Team here at Seattle Humane at [email protected] or by calling 425-649-7563.

AND both Mervin and Violet are 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

Hi, I’m Mervin, a big, soft ball of fluff with a big heart — as big as the sun I bathe in! Besides my loving personality and dashing good looks, I also like to play! If I am out and about, I will play with feathers and laser pointers. I also LOVE to be brushed and petted. It might look like I will bite you — but don’t worry, I won’t!

I’m pretty shy though so I would prefer a calm environment where I can warm up to my surroundings. You might have to be a little patient with me for awhile, but once I know that you’re a good companion and friend, I will be an awesome cat! I also wouldn’t mind owners who will match my love for cuddling and playing.

I am great with other cats, and might actually do better with other mellow cats in the house. (Kittens are SO annoying, you know!)

If I sound like the purrrrrrfect cat for you, contact the Adoption Team at the Seattle Humane Society at [email protected]. You’ll be glad you did!



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By Lizzie Pitts, Age 11 

Hey there! I’m Violet the Calico; here to charm your pants off with my good looks and sweet personality! I’m what some people call a purrball — meaning when I purr, I purr! I am very sweet and nice, but I would prefer a quiet home. I don’t mind other pets in the house though. I’m great with both dogs and cats.

I also enjoy playing with my toys, but at a slower pace. Not that I’m not lazy! I’m a great snuggly friend and very loyal. I will snuggle with you and be true to you every step of the way. Just deposit a hug and you’ll receive a whole bucket of love in return!

I don’t have many special requests, but I do have a specific diet I have to follow. When dishing up my food, I need to have water added. It’s more of a “loveable quirk” than it is a diet!Violet

If I sound like the great friend and awesome kitty that you’ve been searching for, then come to Seattle Humane and meet me — you’ll be glad you did!

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!

Black Cats are the BEST!

Trenton is a 6-year-old sweetheart ready to be your new best friend!
Trenton was adopted Nov. 3, 2014!

The day for dressing up and trick-or-treating has finally arrived! Today is a day for our two-legged friends to go out in costume and enjoy a bunch of candy, but this day tends to bring on some bad and not so true reputations about our four-legged furry friends!

Black cats tend to have a bad reputation especially around Halloween time. But in reality, they’re beautiful furry friends who deserve just as much love and attention as any other pet. The fact is that black cats are only half as likely to be adopted as cats of other colors. We want to make sure you know the true facts about black cats, and crush all the myths you may have heard over the years!

Myth 1: Black Cats Are Bad Luck

People tend to associate black cats with bad luck, but this is not true at all. These sweet felines have been given an unfair reputation and many people still do believe the hype. This is a myth that dates back to the Middle Ages when black cats were associated with witchcraft. Many cultures actually worship the black cat, and in some countries they are considered to be good luck. They are not scary, and they are not bad luck. The only scary thing is that these precious fur babies have the hardest time getting placed into loving homes.

Myth 2: Black Cats Are Evil

Cats in general are very playful and love to jump and climb on things. They also have a stealth mode and can follow you around being very sneaky without you even noticing they are there! This is something that all cats do; it’s not just a characteristic of black cats. All cats enjoy being playful and sneaky, it doesn’t make them evil!

Some fun facts about black cats!

Adopted Oct. 2014!
Bear, adopted Oct. 2014!
  • Lots of famous cats have been black like Salem in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Winky in Escape to Witch Mountain, Isis in Star Trek, the nameless black cat from Coraline, Binx in Hocus Pocus Felix the cat and Sylvester!
  • Black cats are elegant! They are always ready for a black tie event.
  • They look great in photos
  • In many countries, they are considered to be lucky. For example in England black cats are considered good luck to give a bride on her wedding day. In Japan, black cats are thought to attract suitors to single women. Also, according to Scottish lore, a black cat appearing at your home can lead to great wealth! You can say your cat is a mini panther – how cool!
  • Black cats are very stylish, they go with every outfit
  • If you’re looking to slim down, add a black cat to your life and enhance the slimming effect!
  • They’re just like any other cat. They are loving, sweet and great cuddle buddies
  • Black cats are usually the last to be adopted so they need your help and love!


Adopt this sweet girl Mazey, she's 2-years-old and ready to snuggle up next to you!
Mazey, adopted Nov. 1, 2014!

Black cats have an odd stigma, but they truly are just as loveable and adoptable as any other feline! Help us turn their luck around by adopting a black cat this weekend!

All weekend long, the fees on black kittens and cats have been waived! Join us in helping these furry friends find a home of their own. Also, there will be cat and dog treats available – and human treats, too! Check out our website to see all of our adoptable, available pets!

Learn more about myth busting facts on adopting black cats around Halloween time here! Adopt and save a life today.

Become a Foster Parent Today!

Are you an animal lover? If you can’t get enough of these precious furry love bugs, then you should consider foster care! Fostering an animal can be so rewarding and so much fun. We are always looking for new foster parents for our furry friends here at the Seattle Humane Society!

Help foster underage puppies!
Help our underage puppies grow in a loving foster home!

Last year, 5,483 shelter animals benefited from foster care. The care our 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.

Time commitments can range from one to eight weeks. All you need is a room (even a bathroom) and some spare time. We provide all supplies and any necessary medications. To join the foster program, you must first attend an HS101 volunteer orientation. To find an orientation time, visit our volunteer page for more information.

Help our feline friends have a warm place to stay while awaiting their new home!
Help our feline friends have a warm place to stay while awaiting their new home!

Some myths about fostering cats:

 Myth #1: I don’t have enough time.

Fostering a cat does take time, but not as much time as you might think. Many of the cats that need fostering are recovering from colds so they tend to be less active and sleep a lot. It’s true that some cats will need more attention than others, but our foster department will work with you to find a cat that matches the amount of time you have to give. And a long term commitment isn’t necessary – even if you can only foster one time, you are still doing a wonderful thing by helping a cat in need

 Myth #2: I don’t have enough space.

  • A foster cat doesn’t need access to your entire house. A spare bedroom or even a spare bathroom is adequate for fostering. When you think about it, that’s more space than we are able to provide at the shelter. So hanging out in your bathroom will be a luxury!

Myth #3: I have other pets.

  • When fostering it’s best to keep your foster cat separate from your other pets. This reduces the chance that a sick kitty may pass its cold to your other animal companions. If your other pets don’t get along with cats, that’s okay too since your foster cat will be separated into its own spaces. Your pets need not be bothered by your foster guest!

Myth #4: I’ll get too attached.

  • Getting attached to an animal in your care is a normal part of volunteering. The best way to handle this is to remind yourself that you are doing an important thing by giving this kitty another chance at a happy life. People often say, “I couldn’t foster because I’d want to adopt them all myself!” Just remember, our adoption staff does an excellent job at finding great homes for all of our shelter guests. You don’t need to adopt a kitty yourself to give it a wonderful new home. By fostering, you are an integral part of the process and that’s something you can feel great about.

Myth #5: It’s too sad to bring the kitty back to the shelter.

  • Taking a cat from your home environment back to the shelter can be difficult, but being at the shelter gives your foster kitty the most visibility and the best chance of being adopted. Plus, our cats stay in fancy cat condos at the shelter, where they are able to have a home-like environment while we find them a home of their own. Our on-campus volunteers ensure that each and every guest gets the love and attention they need. So you can feel good about brining your foster kitty back to the shelter – doing so marks the beginning of a wonderful new life!

    Be a foster parent for a playful kitten!
    Be a foster parent for a playful kitten!

Our foster parents are heroes! Foster Care Program volunteers are exceptional individuals and heroes to the animals. By opening their hearts and homes to pets in need, these volunteers literally expand the walls of our shelter and save more animals’ lives in our community.

Foster parents help our most fragile shelter guests. They give older pets a break from the shelter environment, allow pets time to recover from surgery, and provide dogs rescued from puppy mills the extra care and socialization they need. They also provide around-the-clock feedings to underage puppies and kittens, and carry out behavior modification programs for dogs to make them adoptable.

To learn how you can make a life-saving difference to the animals in Seattle Humane Society’s Foster Care Program visit us online at seattlehumane.org/volunteer, call our Volunteer Services Manager at (425) 649-7557 or email us at [email protected].

Join our team and make a difference!