Saving Lives

Is Seattle Humane a No-Kill Shelter?

Seattle Humane is a managed-intake shelter that cares for pets with treatable medical or behavioral issues. There are no limits placed on the pets in our care for space or time. Pets receive the medical care and behavior support they need to thrive in new homes.

Seattle Humane has maintained an average save rate of more than 97% each year for the last decade, which means that 97% of pets who enter the shelter have a positive outcome. To qualify as a No-Kill shelter, the live save rate must be 90% or higher. This term is confusing, and while Seattle Humane fits this description, we do not describe ourselves as No Kill. We acknowledge that in cases of animal suffering, humane euthanasia is the most compassionate outcome. When a pet demonstrates behavioral concerns that pose a threat to people or other animals, or when they face significant quality-of-life concerns, euthanasia may be considered. 

Our Lifesaver Rescue Program

Our Lifesaver Rescue Program saves pets from other shelters that lack space or resources to care for them. Because of this, these pets get a second chance. Each year, the Lifesaver Rescue Program goes on hundreds of rescue trips and saves the lives of thousands of pets at other shelters by transferring them to Seattle Humane.

Pet Alliance of Washington

Partnerships with other shelters are vital to the work we do. In order to make the most of the resources of humane organizations, we joined forces with the Pet Alliance of Washington (PAW). Compassionate representatives from communities all over the state serve on the PAW board. Together, we’re working to ensure that 90% of the pets who enter Washington shelters come out of them alive — and go into loving homes.

By working with partner shelters, we have steadily increased the number of lives saved in our region year after year. Creative problem solving led by our animal care team, and the support of volunteer foster families, have paved the way for success.