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Humane Society for Seattle-King Co

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: The Humane Society for Seattle/King County?s mission is to bring people and animals together to enrich each others lives. By saving animals? lives and placing these formerly abandoned animals in homes of their own, both the animals and humans benefit?friendship is forever.

Programs: Adoption services: the seattle humane society accepts cats and dogs from the public and transfers from municipal shelters, as well as a variety of small animals, including rabbits, other rodents, and birds, and keeps them available for adoption, providing medical care and training as needed. Adoptable companion animals are provided to the general public for a fee and provided to senior citizens and disabled individuals at discounted fees or at no charge. The seattle humane society neither euthanizes animals for lack of space nor places time limits on animals available for adoption. For the years ended march 31, 2015 and 2014, the placement rate was 97. 8% and 97. 9%, respectively.

community services: the seattle humane society is the cornerstone of nurturing successful relationships between people and pets. Workshops focus on strengthening companionship, such as introducing babies and pets, or animal behavior topics. The seattle humane society's dog training classes enhance companionship by not only training animals to better dispositions but also improving their socialization skills. Other programs and services include:our organization is dedicated to teaching children the importance and value of kindness and respect for all living creatures, educating guardians about their pets' needs and behaviors, and increasing awareness within our community about animal welfare issues. Curriculum materials: we offer age-specific materials and resources for use in classrooms and youth programs. Each packet contains information and lesson plans on kindness, responsible pet care, pet safety, choosing a pet and pet overpopulation. Campus tours: we offer campus tours for children and adults that include an age-appropriate discussion of our organizations programs and services, responsible pet care, pet overpopulation and kindness towards animals. Dog training classes: we understand that dog training classes enhances the relationship between pet and guardian and lays the foundation for a strong, lifelong relationship between guardian and dog. This year 1,622 people and their pet attended our classes. Our dog training classes use positive and gentle training methods to ensure each dog's success. Students learn to use a clicker, a science-based system for teaching new behaviors with positive reinforcement, as a marker signal to tell the dog when he is doing the desired behavior. People and pet workshops: workshops focus on strengthening companionship between people and their pets by offering fun and educational topics to pet owners. Each year, we bring back old favorites as well as offer new topics to pet enthusiasts throughout our community. This year, 145 individuals participated in workshops. Humane teen club: in september 2002, we launched the humane teen club (htc) to provide volunteer opportunities for 13 to 15 year-olds and teach them to the benefits of animal companionship. Htc focuses on the importance of animal companionship and welfare through monthly meetings featuring educational presentations and service projects. Teens that complete the program requirements and graduate from the club, may apply to volunteer in selected volunteer programs at the humane society for seattle/king county before turning 16-years old. Pet food bank: many years ago, we noticed senior citizens giving up custody of their pets at our adoption center for lack of money to care for them. Because studies show that the companionship of a pet can greatly improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities, illness, or little social contact, the humane society responded by initiating the pet food bank in october 1983. The pet food bank provides monthly delivery of supplemental pet food to pets of 1,520 low-income senior citizens each month, providing more than 91 tons of pet food last year.

veterinary clinic: the seattle humane society operates a spay/neuter clinic for low-income pet owners and offers vaccination and microchipping services. Spay or neuter surgery is performed on every dog or cat prior to adoption.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Laurie N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted my last 3 cats from this wonderful No kill Shelter and I really appreciate the staff and volunteers because they are friendly and made my adoptions so easy! And if I could, I would adopt them all!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chief is my fourth Humane Society dog. His family had to surrender Chief because he had a cancerous tumor on his hip and the family could not afford to treat him. At the age of 10, the vets removed the tumor and 4 months later I adopted him. At 13 1/2 years young he enjoys running all over the place. The Humane Society saved another life who greatly enriches mine.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am now with my fourth Humane Society dog. Don't act surprised, since this is over a 25 year period. You should, also, understand that I adopt dogs over the age of 6. They all have had many years of love to give. My present companion, Chief, was adopted over a year ago. He was surrendered in January 2011 by his family due to a cancerous growth on his hip. When I first met Chief in May 2011, after the loss of Roxy Sue, he had completely recovered from the surgery performed by the Vet at the Humane Society. I was assured that the cancer was gone. Chief celebrated his 11th birthday this past January 2012. He enjoys running and climbing stairs. Chief has stood by me on the loss of my parents and my move to a smaller home. He is smart and right away, he understood where "Go home" is. I don't know how I could have survived all the changes (which are still happening) without the constant companionship of Chief. Thank you to the Humane Society for givingChief and me the time together.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have three WONDERFUL pets -- two dogs and one cat -- from Seattle Humane Society. The adoption staff really get to know the dogs and cats, so they can recommend a pet that that is a good fit for your family. Our daughter loves all the pets, and they are gentle with her and love to play. We also took a dog training class with our adopted Dauschund, and the instructor was amazing.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to come into the Seattle Humane Society on the first day my new baby was put out on the adoption floor. Luna (then Elsa) had been a stray for what the knowledgeable staff estimated to be several months. I fell in love with her as soon as a saw her, and requested a meet and greet. I spent 30 minutes or so throwing a ball for her on site, where there are several areas for people to meet potential pets one on one. I had been to other shelters before this, but really liked the layout of the kennels and the facility. It is easy to see that all animals in their care are treated with love, respect, and patience. When I returned inside, I had a lengthy consultation with an employee. She definitely had Luna's best interest at heart. She asked questions about my home, my exercise routine, familiarity with animals, what I would do to introduce Luna to my new home and so forth. The employee offered affirmation to several of my responses and provided additional suggestions with areas I didn't know as much on. (Such as a two-year-old german shepherd should have 4-5 miles of exercise a day, and swimming helps them burn energy faster while being gentle with their hips). I was able to adopt her that same day. A year and a half later, Luna is an absolute joy in my life and brings me so much love. If you are looking to adopt a pet, I strongly urge you to check the SHS website or stop by in person as new great pets are put out faster than the website may reflect. :)

Client Served

Rating: 1

I had a negative bad experience during Mother's Day Weekend. I submitted my adoption papers on Saturday in person at exactly 5PM, and was told they were closing early (usually stay open till 8PM on Saturdays), but would be open from 11AM-6PM the next day, Sunday, 5/13/12. Therefore I came back the next day ready to adopt an extra large dog that I had selected the day before, but right upon entering was told that they could not find my application, but eventually found it after 20 minutes. During the meantime I went out to check on the extra large male dog I wanted but he wasn't there, so I asked a volunteer what happened and she told me he had bit or scratched somebody the day before. She wasn't sure what had happened, so I asked the receptionist and he too was confused. Basically I received a bunch of excuses that he was no longer available for adoption, though the day before he was, very odd & suspicious. So I said "okay", then I would like to adopt another medium sized dog I had seen, so the volunteer informed the receptionist and after 20 minutes an Adoption Assisant by the name of Tivo called me to her side with my application in hand and in a rude aggressive tone basically told me neither dog I was interested in would be available for me because *she/Tivo" felt none of the two dogs was right for me. She basically plays God. Even though I have owned 10 dogs throughout my 4 decades on earth, all lived to old age except one was stolen (which Tivo treated like a crime!), and paid thousands of dollars in medical care when needed for congestive heart failure as a result of old age (he died in September 2011), and when two of my dogs was diagnosed with cancer (she died in September 2008 & the other September 2000) , and another with a tumour in March 2001. I paid all costs without fail (my veterinarian is Dr. Heather Stewart of Carousel Veterinary Services). Also, I have my dogs professionally groomed by Tender Care Services (Debbie & Joanne). As well Mrs. Jeannie Chow of the Seattle Animal License Department (whom inspects one's home annually if there are 3 or more dogs in residence) has stated our house is one of the cleanest and it's obvious we love dogs. I even had to go through a bunch of red tape to get my two mixed breed labrador retrievers transferred from South America to the USA when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer back in 1997-1998. That's how much I love my dogs. Then to have this Adoption Assistant by the name of Tivo decide that I wasn't good enough for either dog literally broke my heart, broke my heart (this after 8 months of grieving for my beloved Jojo). I finally was ready to adopt, and instead of paying lots of money from a professional dog breeder (as is usually my custom, except my 2 Peace Corps dogs and the one I owned when I was age 4-17 yrs. old; my first) I decided this time I wanted one from the Seattle Humane Society, to help out one that was most likely abandoned. Just an upsetting experience (we donate to the Humane Society every Christmas), as well when my dog(s) pass away I donate as much of their items as I can. So to be turned away was just appalling, literally. ***PS: we own our own home, purchased in 1969, have approximately 2.5 acres of green luscious backyard & frontyard to romp in, 3 lovely doghouses (none being used currently b/c Jojo passed away on 9/23/11), have brand new dog beds, toys, bowls, leashes, collars, honestly anything a dog could wish for, including a fenced in 2.25 acres of 6-feet fence in the backyard, kennel, and a 4.5-feet 0.75 acres of wrought iron fence in the frontyard, a huge awning/deck/patio area, tall fluffy trees for shade. etc. etc. etc. In fact I would be honored to have anyone come to my house to see how beautiful it is for a dog or dogs.****