Generous donors and community partners have set up a few designated funds to help care for animals who are more difficult to adopt out due to costly medical issues, as well as to support the life-saving work of a few special programs.
Lexus Fund for Dogs
The Lexus Fund allows Seattle Humane to provide dogs with the extra medical care they need to be healthy, happy and adoptable. The fund was started by Jim and Bet Schuler, who started the fund at Tuxes & Tails 2008. The fund is named in memory of their dog, Lexus. Watch a special Lexus Fund video. Make a donation to the Lexus Fund today. Funding Urgent Medical Care The Lexus Fund provides urgent medical care needed to make dogs at Seattle Humane adoptable. Injuries such as a broken leg, an infected cut or a bite wound are conditions that other shelters might consider untreatable. For a few hundred dollars of medical attention, we will be able to rescue and treat these dogs and make them available for adoption. Success Stories Oliver, a 9-year-old Mastiff mix, was surrendered to Seattle Humane because his owners were moving and could not take him along. Our veterinarians discovered that Oliver was suffering from severe dental tartar, gingivitis and a painful swelling of the gums. Thanks to the Lexus Fund we were able to perform surgery and Oliver recovered so quickly that he was adopted a few days later! Mochi, a 4-year-old Shih Tzu mix, was surrendered to Seattle Humane with a swollen and terribly painful eye. Our veterinary staff observed that Mochi's health had been neglected and that his right eye had to be removed. The cost of surgery that Mochi needed could have been a deterrent to many adopters, but thanks to the Lexus Fund, we were able to give Mochi the care he deserved. He is now in a happy home of his own.
Sammie's Fund for Senior Pets
Older animals often need more extensive medical care when they arrive and Sammie’s Fund makes that possible. Donate now to Sammie’s Fund Sammie's Fund was founded by Andy Ciapalo and Dayle and David Moss in memory of Andy’s sweetie and Dayle’s sister, Wendy. Wendy, who died in 2010 at the young age of 52, had a special place in her heart for older dogs. During their 17 years together, Wendy and Andy cared for 15 dogs in the final stages of life. Some dogs were with them for months, some for a few years. Sammie, a beautiful chocolate lab, was Wendy’s first dog. When Wendy met Andy the three of them were a family for four years before Sammie passed away. On average, dogs older than 7 typically spend 60 percent more time at the shelter before adoption than other dogs do. It costs us 230 percent more to care for an older dog because of this additional time and 435 percent more to care for an older cat. Regardless of age, all of our animals receive a complete medical check-up when they arrive and are spayed or neutered and micro-chipped. However, older animals often need more extensive medical care when they arrive and Sammie’s Fund makes that possible.
Grinstein Fund for Cats
The Keith D. Grinstein Fund provides cats with the extra medical care they need to be healthy, happy and adoptable. The fund was started by a group of close friends and business associate who wanted to establish a fund in honor of Keith, who died unexpectedly in 2008 at the age of 48. Make a donation to the Grinstein Fund today. History of the Fund In cooperation with Keith's widow, Claire, Seattle Humane established the Grinstein Fund honoring Grinstein's passion for cats, including his own cat, Ivy. Keith Grinstein was a prominent figure in the Seattle business community and served as chairman of coin-counting machine company Coinstar. Keith was also well-known for his philanthropic work, serving on the board of several organizations and giving to progressive political causes. Funding Urgent Medical Care The Grinstein Fund provides urgent medical care needed to make cats who are shelter guests at Seattle Humane adoptable. There are hundreds of cats who come to us needing just a little more medical attention than many shelters can provide. These are cats who would make excellent pets, yet they suffer from common injuries such as broken legs and infected cuts. For a few hundred dollars of medical attention, we will be able to treat each of these cats and make them available for adoption. Success Stories Scooter was born with a calcium deficiency, which left him with a malformed leg. Many shelters are not able to provide the care and attention that underage kittens need, especially under-socialized ones with medical issues like Scooter. Lucky for Scooter, he was brought to Seattle Humane. Our veterinarians performed surgery to remove the stunted limb. Now Scooter has a faux fur-lined bed in a home of his own where he likes to gather up all his toys and sleep on them. His dad says, "As soon as I walk into the room, Scooter breaks out into a purr and his eyes just light up. He's like a puppy dog who follows me everywhere I go." Thanks to the Grinstein Fund, we are able to provide the life-saving medical care that cats like Scooter need.
Life-Saver Rescue Program
Seattle Humane’s Life-Saver Rescue Program saves pets from other shelters that lack space or resources to care for them. By partnering with more than 160 animal shelters, rescues and transfer organizations, our Life-Saver Team is able to transfer in pets from shelters both local and out-of-state. By giving these pets a second chance, we open up space for other shelters to take in additional animals – doubling the life-saving capacity of our program. Thanks to an amazing team effort, last fiscal year the Life-Saver Rescue Program went on more than 200 rescue trips and saved the lives of 4,218 pets at other shelters by transferring them to Seattle Humane. Rock, Paper and Scissors are three special kittens found in Yakima by a local cat rescue group. When the health of these young kittens took a turn for the worse, they reached out to Seattle Humane for help. Due to a severe upper respiratory infection, each kitten needed extensive eye surgery and follow-up treatment. Unfortunately, our veterinarians found that their eyes were too damaged to save. Rock and Paper had both of their eyes removed, but Scissors still had one healthy eye. After surgery, this adorable and mostly blind trio recovered in the care of a volunteer foster home. Their foster volunteer got them featured on a wildly popular Facebook page for Oskar the Blind Cat. The social media buzz and concern for these kittens was heartwarming. Scissors was the first adopted by a fan of the page, followed quickly by the adoption of both Rock and Paper as a pair. Their rough start ended in happiness for all, thanks to our generous community, dedicated staff and volunteers, and a shout out from Oskar the Blind Cat. Rock and Paper have adjusted to life without sight with the help of their two new blind feline siblings, and Scissors is also soaking up the love in a home of his own. They all quickly adapted to their environment and are normal, playful kittens who snuggle, give kisses, and hunt flies by sound! Thank you, again, for your support of our programs so we can give a second chance to many more pets like Rock, Paper and Scissors.
More than 5,000 animals each year benefit from our Foster Care Program. You can foster as much or as little as you like for a wide variety of animals including kittens, puppies, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small critters. Fostering is a rewarding and enriching experience and a great volunteer project for families or individuals who love animals but cannot commit to having a full-time pet.
Pet Food Bank
Seattle Humane's Pet Food Bank collects and distributes pet food donations for pets belonging to low-income seniors, families in crisis, and other community members in need. The program feeds more than 1,900 pets every month with eight tons of donated pet food delivered by volunteers to low-income senior housing complexes, senior centers and food banks.
Pet Project, an offshoot of the Pet Food Bank, provides services to more than 200 pets belonging to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. Pet Project matches volunteers one-on-one with clients to help them with their basic pet care needs on a monthly basis and enable clients to keep their pets. All services and supplies are donated or purchased with donated funds.
Seattle Humane is working with national animal welfare groups on a large-scale natural disaster response to provide relief in California due to recent wildfires. We remain committed to working with local rescue partners and continue to transfer in pets from Washington shelters while responding to the call for help in the event of natural disasters. Donate to Seattle Humane’s Disaster Fund to help transfer, care for, treat and place animals who come to us due to natural disasters.