COVID-19 Updates

Update: July 2021

Per the July 26, 2021 King County Directive, we are now requiring masks for entry into the shelter, regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your cooperation.

There Are Two Ways to Adopt from Seattle Humane

Learn more about our new adoption process here.

Other Services Are Available by Appointment

Our Schuler Family Medical Center and Pet Resource Center are open by appointment with curbside drop-off and pick-up. Visit our Spay & NeuterWellness Clinic or Pet Rehoming pages for details or contact us for more information.

Events and Additional Support

Some of our events are being held virtually, including Pet Loss Support Groups and some 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.

Seattle Humane remains committed to monitoring COVID-19 developments and following guidance from Washington State Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC). Details for Washington state’s COVID-19 response can be found at

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.