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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the Seattle Humane Society for 3 years now. I've also donated to their fundraisers and items in need for the animals. The staff are wonderful to work with, many of the volunteers have been working there for years, and the animals are well taken care of. The public should know that the animals get the necessary care to help them be successful in their new homes. They really do care about the animals they have in their care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

(thanks to a flexible work schedule) I have been volunteering every Thursday (and various events) for over two years now. The staff is wonderful to work with, all up beat and helpful and just a joy to be around. The concern and care they have for the animals and visitors to their site is very obvious. It makes me feel good to know I'm working with an upstanding organization that I can be proud to broadcast my participation with all my friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. Thursdays have become my favorite day of the week! (I am also a donor, and a client served before being a volunteer with happy results in both categories)