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 lifesaving work of a few special programs.
Pet Owner Assistance Fund
Seattle Humane’s Pet Owner Assistance Fund, established by generous supporters who believe animal companionship should be accessible to everyone regardless of circumstance, replaces and enhances the intake diversion fund debuted in 2019. This program helps families struggling with high or unexpected costs challenging their ability to keep their pets healthy and safe at home.
Learn more about the Pet Owner Assistance Fund and donate today.
Polly's Pocket Fund
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. Each year, more than 2,000 pets are fed monthly through the Pet Food Bank. Donated pet food is delivered by volunteers to low-income senior housing complexes, senior centers and food banks.
Make a donation to the Pet Food Bank today.
Seattle Humane works with national animal welfare groups on large-scale responses to provide relief in areas affected by natural disasters. 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 with national events.
Donate to Seattle Humane’s Disaster Fund to help transfer, care for, treat and place pets who come to us due to natural disasters.
Lifesaver Rescue Program
Seattle Humane’s Lifesaver 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 Lifesaver 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 lifesaving capacity of our program. Thanks to an amazing team effort, we fly and shuttle to safety thousands of pets each year from overcrowded shelters through this program.
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.
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 at the Tuxes & Tails gala in 2008 by Jim and Bet Schuler. The fund is named in memory of their dog, Lexus.
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.
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 deteriorated 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 at Seattle Humane, and Sammie’s Fund makes that possible.
History of the Fund
Sammie's Fund was founded by Andy Ciapalo and Dayle & 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.
Funding Care for Older Pets
On average, dogs older than seven typically spend 60% more time at the shelter before adoption than other dogs do. It costs us 230% more to care for an older dog because of this additional time and 435% more to care for an older cat.
Regardless of age, all of our animals receive a complete medical check-up when they arrive at Seattle Humane and are spayed or neutered and micro-chipped. However, older animals often need more extensive medical care 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 loving memory of Keith, who passed away unexpectedly in 2008.
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.
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.
Special Needs Fund
Seattle Humane’s Special Needs Fund is dedicated to providing advanced veterinary care for shelter pets that extends beyond what can be provided here in the Schuler Family Medical Center. This includes covering the cost of complicated surgeries, radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism, and cardiology or neurology consultations. This dedicated fund is supported by gifts from the generous community members who comprise our Rescue Squad.