“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.
Happy National Volunteer Week and a BIG thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who spend many hours donating their time to the pets in our care!
This last fiscal year, volunteers donated more than 212,000 hours of their time! Volunteers at Seattle Humane are the engine to our ship and we couldn’t do it without them. Many volunteers spent hours on and off campus catering to the needs of our pets. The work our organization accomplishes simply would not be possible without the generous contributions of our volunteers. Volunteers are constantly helping with adoptions, foster care, cleaning, grooming and socializing our shelter guests. Their work is not only limited to our pets in need, volunteers also help out with fundraising, our education department, special events, reception and many other areas. Volunteers truly make all the difference! Please help us in giving them a big Seattle Humane thank you!
If you would like to join the fun and become a volunteer at Seattle Humane, it’s easy to get started. All you need to do is just attend an HS 101 class – there’s no need to sign up, just show up! Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for more information and orientation dates. If you need further assistance, please email [email protected] or call 425-649-7557.
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.
Pepper is a beautiful 12-year-old girl who has been in our care since last October. She’s currently living in a loving foster home, because she is highly stressed at the shelter. Pepper enjoys being around people, but more as an observer. She’s a social, but quiet girl, who will welcome her friends and strangers alike with a simple head bump. You can win her over with a good under-the- chin scratch! This little lady isn’t demanding, but she is sensitive to change, and will need a perfectly kept powder room to keep her happy. Add some spice to your life and meet Pepper today!
Pepper is currently staying in one of our lovely foster care homes. If you would like to learn more or meet Pepper, please contact our adoption team at [email protected] or (425) 649-7563.
And, great news! Pepper will be featured at our Meow Mixer tomorrow night, come enjoy some snacks and wine while getting to know this sweet kitty!
By Lizzie Pitts, age 11
“Hi, I’m Pepper! I’m a big-hearted purrball that will leave you saying ‘awwww!’ When my foster parent, Beth, took me in I was kind of a big blob, but now I am trim, fit and ready for action!
Even though I am not shy, I would prefer a home with older children. But, other than that, I would take any home as long as it’s full of kind, loving people.
I like feathers, too. I will playfully bat at them with my paws, but what I really love is CATNIP!!!! Catnip makes me go kinda nuts. You can put it on my scratch post and prepare for me to go bananas!
I love to be around you. I will sit next to you on the couch, and if you want to watch your favorite TV show but don’t have anyone to watch it with- fear not! I will come to your aid and soon you will be cozy with me next to you.
I’m excited for a home to call my own. If I sound like a purrfect friend and kitty for you, please contact Seattle Humane’s adoption team at [email protected].”