• Seattle Animal Shelter Seattle Animal Shelter


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Mission Statement

The Seattle Animal Shelter fosters safe, healthy and caring relationships between people and animals in our community.


The Seattle Animal Shelter fosters safe, healthy and caring relationships between people and animals in our communities, and just last year we adopted out 764 cats, 333 dogs and 158 critters; reunited 617 lost pets with their owners; helped 144 additional animals in need find appropriate help and investigated more than 1,000 animal cruelty cases.

Our services include:

  • Investigating animal cruelty, neglect and abuse
  • Licensing all cats, dogs, potbellied pigs and pygmy goats
  • Educating residents about responsible pet ownership
  • Caring for the city's lost and unwanted animals
  • Reuniting lost animals with their owners
  • Adopt orphaned animals to suitable homes
  • Administering a low-cost spay and neuter clinic

SAS engages over 500 volunteers annually who donate their time and skills by caring for SAS animals at the shelter and in their homes (foster care volunteers), promoting adoptions, outreaching to the community about importance of licensing their pets, organizing fund and donation drives, and much more!




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Would you recommend Seattle Animal Shelter?

by Anonymous A. (2017-01-11 12:56:51.0)
I left after only a short time as a volunteer for a few reasons 1 The shelter's hypocrisy of promoting adoption but still doing business with Petco-who sells guinea pigs and other rodents, birds and fish. Inexcusable. 2 Species discrimination:"critters"-anything other than dogs/cats- (including 2 I fostered) needing medical care were often denied because they were "only" critters, i.e. not dogs/cats. 3 Sadly, this attitude also extends to the care & feeding of these smaller animals not being considered a priority: the shelter is understaffed, overwhelmed and poorly managed, so whenever time ran out before finishing dog/cat care in the morning before the shelter opened, these animals were neglected. And I do mean that literally: water bowls were empty, food was not distributed, litter boxes were not cleaned, etc. If not for volunteers, these animals would suffer more. So-do help if you can, just be aware, be vigilant, report all neglect promptly, & speak up on behalf of ALL animals.
by Anna R. (2010-04-18 21:13:20.0)
The process of getting involved was very easy and they have a wide variety of volunteer oportunities to fit any interest.
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