Seattle Humane is working with national animal welfare groups on a large-scale natural disaster response for hurricane relief in Texas and Puerto Rico, as well as relief efforts in California due to recent wildfires. We remain committed to working with local rescue partners and continue to transfer in pets from Washington shelters on a weekly basis through our Life-Saver Rescue Program.
Ways to help
- Donate to Seattle Humane’s Disaster Fund to help transfer, care for, treat and place animals who come to us due to natural disasters.
Seattle Humane Will Help Your Pets in a Disaster
Seattle Humane is the organization that the local American Red Cross chapter calls on in times of need to help pets in our community. We offer free shelter and care for pets whose families have been displaced due to fires, flooding or other disasters until they are able to be reunited with their families. If you need pet boarding assistance, please contact your local American Red Cross to be referred for services.
The MaxMobile, our 38-foot custom-built vehicle, allows us to be at the site of an emergency and is equipped to safely house and transport 20 animals. We can take pets to the safety of the shelter where they can be housed until their families can take them home.
Guidelines For Animal Owners During A Natural Disaster
If you need to evacuate, take your animals with you. It is simply too dangerous to leave companion animals unattended during natural disasters. The best way to ensure the safety of your pets is to evacuate with them.
Locate pet-friendly lodgings. The following hotel chains accept pets at some or all of their locations (please note that restrictions and additional fees may apply):
- America’s Best Value Inn
- Best Western
- Econo Lodge
- Kimpton Group Hotels including the Alexis Hotel and Hotel Monaco
- La Quinta Inn & Suites
- Motel 6
- Red Roof Inn
Protect Your Pets BEFORE a Natural Disaster
Have a rescue alert sticker visible in one of your home’s windows that lists the number and species of animals residing in your home. If you evacuate with your animals during an emergency, and time allows, write “Evacuated” across the alert sticker.
Make sure your pets are microchipped and have proper identification. This is the single most important step you can take to ensure that you and your companion animals will be reunited if you are separated. Don’t forget to include alternate contacts with the microchip registration, such as your cell phone number and phone numbers for an out-of-area relative so that you can still be contacted in the case of an evacuation.
Keep a back-up a supply of pet food, prescription medications, kitty litter, and essentials. Also, assemble an animal evacuation kit with the following materials:
- One durable animal carrier displaying your name, address, and phone number for each animal in your household
- Pet food (make sure that all canned meals have peel tops)
- Bottled water (5 gallons per animal is ideal)
- Leash, harness, collar
- Photocopies of medical and immunization records
- Recent photos of your pet (in case you need to create “lost” flyers or provide proof of ownership)
- Wet wipes
- Litter pan and cat litter
- Plastic bags
Seattle Humane Disaster Fund
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