Saving Lives

Is Seattle Humane a No-Kill Shelter?

Yes. Seattle Humane had an average save rate of 98.6% for our fiscal year ending March 2021, which means nearly 99% 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 also acknowledge that in cases of animal suffering, humane euthanasia is the most compassionate outcome.

Bottom line: Seattle Humane is a managed-intake shelter that cares for pets with treatable medical or behavioral issues. There are no time 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.

Learn more about Seattle Humane’s animal statistics by reading the Annual Report or Asilomar Accords.

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 saved 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.

Learn more about Pet Alliance of Washington

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.