“If we are to reach [the] world… we shall have to begin with children.” — Mahatma Gandhi
At Seattle Humane, we recognize the importance of fostering and nurturing our community’s youth with lifelong skills. Leadership, advocacy, and compassion are just some of the skills we are looking to support in our youth. That’s why we are excited to unveil our new program geared to young teens 12-17 years old, Teens for Animals!
Focusing on the unique and profound human-animal bond, Teens for Animals (TFA) strives to teach youth the importance of being an advocate and educator within their community of peers, family and friends.
While exploring the responsibilities of pet ownership and learning of the important role pets play in our community, teens will learn how to be a compassionate civic-minded leader and team player of their own respective communities.
For those who discover a deep passion in animal welfare, TFA will provide an excellent platform for exploring and conceptualizing career opportunities!
TFA will meet 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. on designated Saturdays starting November through May. Class sessions are a combination of animal interaction, classroom activities, and welfare advocacy. We cover everything from puppy mills to feline behavior. Learn more about our program and requirements here!
The extended deadline for this one-of-a-kind program is November 17th. There is a low enrollment fee of $25 per applicant. This fee helps cover costs of running the program, and will include supplies for teens – a teen volunteer t-shirt, name tag and binder.
We are committed to making our programs accessible to all, if you are unable to cover the enrollment fee, please submit a scholarship request at the end of the application.
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.
Great things happen every day at Seattle Humane Society but we can’t take all the credit. Our life-saving work depends on support from the community – generous donors, dedicated volunteers and animal-loving children. Yes, children. They are often the best champions of pets in need, involving their family and friends in the effort to save lives.
At Seattle Humane, we’re lucky to have a few of these young advocates on our team. Like Gillian, a crafty entrepreneur who channeled her creativity into a life-saving enterprise. She started out with a lemonade stand and later developed her own company called Spritzers. Her company sells scented hair and lip balm products to support animals at local shelters.
Last January, in the spirit of team rivalry, Gillian and a friend stood outside CenturyLink stadium and sold handcrafted “Fan Bands” at the Seahawks vs. 49ers game. For a suggested donation of $12, you could have a custom-made bracelet sporting the Hawks’ blue and green. The 12th Man didn’t disappoint and Gillian raised $626 for Seattle Humane!
Lizzie, an aspiring writer and self-proclaimed cat fanatic, generously donated her time to write foster features for special-needs cats. Her skills as a writer will help highlight these cats in hopes of finding them the purrfect home. Stay tuned for a look at her first blog post!
Our youngest contributor, Jack, is in the second grade and he’s a part of The Giraffe Club. The Giraffe Club is about sticking your neck out in the community to make a difference, and he chose Seattle Humane to benefit from his school project. He utilized our online fundraising tool, People Helping Pets, and raised nearly $800 to provide food, shelter and medical care for homeless animals.
It’s important to mention that these young philanthropists range in age from 8-11 years old. Their empathy and call-to-action are not only noteworthy but contagious! They’re inspiring other young people to get involved, and we’re finding that more and more families are choosing to support shelter pets together. Saving lives can be a new family tradition!
How can kids and teens help?
Sign up for Humane Teen Club (Teens 13-17)
A selected group of teens ages 13-17 can volunteer time as a Humane Teen Club member. Learn more!
Host a Pet Food Drive
Donations of pet food, supplies, toys and cat litter are always needed. Many of these items are distributed to low-income senior and/or disabled pet owners through our community outreach programs.
Knit Blankets for Cats Awaiting Adoption
All of the cats in our care receive a blanket or towel to make their space more comfortable. The cats especially love knit blankets. This is a great way to learn a new skill or practice an old one, and benefit the pets on our campus.
Make Catnip Toys for Our Fabulous Felines
Catnip-filled socks make wonderful toys! All you need are baby socks, cotton balls, dried catnip and a needle and thread. Take a baby sock and fill it with cotton balls and catnip in the center. Then sew off the top of the sock and clip any loose threads. You’re done!
Coordinate a Coin Drive
Collect coins from family, friends and neighbors or monitor a coin collection at a business or your school. When the can is full, bring it to Seattle Humane.
Host a Fundraiser of Your Choice
Hold bake sales, yard sales, craft sales, participate in walk-a-thons (like our Walk for the Animals), and much more! Feel free to use your imagination to come up with a fundraising idea. Our online fundraising website, People Helping Pets, can also help you raise funds at your event.