COVID-19 Updates

Update: May 2021

We’re open by appointment!

We’re open for limited appointments with curbside drop-off and pick-up. Our building is still closed to the public, so please do not visit the shelter without an appointment. Most of our adoptable pets are being cared for in foster homes, but profiles are available here on our website, where you can fill out a pre-adoption questionnaire and start the process. A curbside appointment will be scheduled once our adoption advisors make a match. Visit our Adoption ProcessSpay & NeuterWellness Clinic or Pet Rehoming pages for details or contact us for more information.

The shelter is currently operating with the following restrictions:

  • We’re changing the way we do adoptions for a while. Learn more about our process here.
  • An appointment is required to surrender your animal. More information and required forms can be found here.
  • We continue to perform emergency surgeries and provide veterinary care for shelter and foster pets. Appointments are also available for our new Wellness Clinic and public spay & neuter surgeries. Curbside drop-off and pick-up for all Medical Center appointments.
  • We have increased the number of Lifesaver Rescue transfers, bringing in more animals from shelter partners in Washington and across the country. Transfers are being arranged with contactless hand-offs, to minimize risk for those involved.
  • Pets are being cared for in foster homes whenever possible.
  • Events are being held virtually whenever possible, including Pet Loss Support Groups and Youth Programs. Find out more about our other events here.
  • Our Pet Food Bank continues to serve individuals and families that either need one-time or ongoing support keeping their pets fed and well supplied. To receive assistance, fill out our Pet Food Bank Service Request Form.
  • We are missing our volunteers and look forward to bringing everyone back to campus as soon as it is safe to do so.

Seattle Humane remains committed to monitoring COVID-19 developments and following guidance from Washington State Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to stay on top of best practices around social distancing, cleaning protocols, and other recommended disease prevention measures during these unprecedented times.

Details for Washington State’s phased reopening plan can be found at, and details about the state’s COVID-19 response at

COVID-19 and our Animal Population

Anyone who has been following Seattle Humane’s life-saving work over the years knows that things look very different right now, especially in terms of our shelter population. The number of animals in our care remains lower than normal, and particularly so for dogs. There are multiple factors affecting Seattle Humane’s ability to increase the number of animals in our care, and all of them are related to COVID-19. Learn more here.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

How does adoption work during COVID-19?

Learn more on our Adoption Process page.

Are You Offering Public Spay & Neuter Surgeries or Microchipping?

We are now making appointments for public spay & neuter surgeries, and microchipping, wellness exams and vaccines are being offered through our new Wellness Clinic. Visit our Spay & Neuter or Wellness Clinic pages for more information.

Can Pets Contract or Transmit COVID-19?

Find the latest information about pets and COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) by visiting one of the pages below.

How Do I Plan for My Pet’s Care in Case I Become Sick?

  • Make sure all of your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations and keep those records in a safe and easily accessible place.
  • Confirm your pets are wearing accurate identification at all times and that their microchip information is current. This will be helpful in cases where you may become separated from your pets for a period of time.
  • Identify a friend or family member who is willing to care for your pets if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalization is required. Because of the rapid spread of coronavirus, be sure to have a back-up caregiver for your pets in case your first caregiver also becomes sick. Keep their contact information and that of your regular veterinarian handy.
  • Pack two weeks’ worth of food and supplies (medications, food and water dishes, leashes, litter, treats, crates and carriers) for each pet.
  • Keep meticulous notes regarding the care required for your pets, including diet, feeding schedule, how to administer medications and proper doses, and also any behavioral needs to be aware of.

What Do I Do If I Lose My Job Due to COVID-19 and Have Trouble Caring for My Pet?

Pet Food Bank

Seattle Humane offers a number of community outreach programs, including a Pet Food Bank that serves individuals and families that either need one-time or ongoing support keeping their pets fed and well supplied. To receive assistance, fill out our Pet Food Bank Service Request Form.

Animal Emergencies

Since the shelter closed its building to the public for on-site visits in March, Seattle Humane has provided emergency medical and surgical care for income-qualified pet owners. We are also now offering wellness exams, vaccines and microchipping for those who qualify through our Wellness Clinic. If you are facing financial hardship and believe that cost will prevent you from obtaining veterinary care for your pet, please reach out to [email protected] or (425) 649-7560 to see if we are able to assist with your pet’s medical needs. 

Mom (and Dad’s) Last Litter

Did your pets go out and make some unexpected babies? We offer free spay/neuter for pet parents when surrendering weaned litters. After their surgeries, we return the parent pet (or pets) to you, and then get to work caring for their litters and finding them new homes at no charge to you. If your dog or cat has a litter ready to be weaned, call (425) 649-7560 or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

Pet Rehoming

While Seattle Humane works to help low-income individuals and families keep their pets in the home, the economic impacts from COVID-19 has taken a toll on many households. No one who finds themselves financially or physically unable to care for their pet should feel judged for having to make the difficult decision of seeking a new home for them. Seattle Humane provides a Home To Home tool that pet guardians can use to share information about their pets and communicate directly with prospective adopters to find the best match. Seattle Humane can also assume ownership of your pets and handle their ongoing care and adoption. Learn more about all of your rehoming options through Seattle Humane here.