Lunch Bytes

Thinking Outside the Box with Seattle Humane

Join us for Lunch Bytes, a virtual luncheon with Seattle Humane. 2020 challenged us all to quickly innovate in order to move forward. We are excited to bring you a program highlighting outside-the-box thinking from animal welfare advocates as well as COVID-necessitated changes to our own work at Seattle Humane. You will hear from two advocates working to ban the sale of puppy mill dogs from pet stores in Washington State, meet our new CEO, and have your questions answered on a range of pet-related topics from fostering to separation anxiety.

Seattle Humane’s reach and impact in the community has grown over the past year to address the financial hardships many families are facing, as COVID-19 continues to take a devastating economic toll on our friends and neighbors. We have focused heavily in 2020 on not just completing families, but making sure pet families in our community are able to stay together. This has been a year of challenges, and Seattle Humane has continued to expand its life-saving impact throughout the community by thinking outside the box. Join us at Lunch Bytes to learn more!

There is no fee to participate in Lunch Bytes. You will have an opportunity to make a gift during the event in support of our life-saving and essential programs, and can support our impact now through the “purchase” of essential supplies and services on the Lunch Bytes website. Funds raised will help pets in need and the people who love them through support of our Foster, Veterinary Medicine, Pet Food Bank and other Community Outreach Programs.

Virtual Event Schedule

February 11, 2021

The event will be livestreamed to YouTube and Facebook with closed captioning – join us!

11:30 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. | Program

  • Welcome from Event Chair — Darren Moffatt, Seattle Humane Volunteer
  • Seattle Humane Updates — Christopher Ross, CEO
  • Keynote Speakers — Ava & Novia, Animal Welfare Advocates

12:15 p.m. — 1 p.m. | Q&A with Seattle Humane Experts

  • Lisa Drake, Adoptions
  • Emily Keegans, Animal Behavior
  • Jess Reed, DVM, Veterinary Medicine
  • Juli Ross, Foster Program
  • Manders Vandel, Animal Care

Lunch Bytes Chair

Darren Moffatt, Seattle Humane Volunteer

Darren became a supporter of Seattle Humane eight years ago when he adopted his first cat, Kait, from the shelter. Since then, he has added two more Seattle Humane alumns to his family, cats Luna and Chrono. An engineer at Microsoft, Darren has been an advocate for workplace giving in support of Seattle Humane, and Microsoft continues to be our largest employee-driven contributor. In 2017, Darren started volunteering with the Vet Services team and we look forward to seeing him back in the clinic when we are able to safely open our shelter doors to volunteers again.

Keynote Speakers

Novia Liu and Ava Finn

Novia Liu and Ava Finn first met in the Humane Teen Club (HTC) and worked together as interns in Seattle Humane’s Adoption department. They joined forces to launch a petition targeting puppy and kitten mills as part of their HTC project in 2018. Now seniors in high school, the two have moved their fight to Olympia where they’re working for passage of the Humane Pet Sales Bill.