Above, left to right: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, SASF Board of Directors President Ivy Cunningham, Seattle Animal Shelter Executive Director Don Jordan, and Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden at a ceremonial “leash-cutting” to open the newly renovated dog kennels at the Seattle Animal Shelter, March 13, 2014.

 

By Christy Avery

The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) achieved a proud milestone recently when Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden met with Seattle Animal Shelter staff and volunteers, and toured the Shelter’s new and improved dog kennel room—a renovation project that would not have become reality without the generous support of SASF donors.

Murray, who has a dog and a cat of his own, recognized the importance of the kennel improvements. “The welfare of the animals in the care of the city is a priority,” he said. “This state-of-the-art update to the canine suites will improve the care of these dogs, especially those which are victims of cruelty. The new kennels offer a quieter, safer environment which will put them on the path to finding a loving home.”

The mayor also praised the public-private partnership that enabled the kennel renovation, noting that most of the funds were obtained through private donations, including a large grant from SASF.

Councilmember Godden expressed her appreciation for the Shelter’s work as well. “Seattle is fortunate to have so many generous animal lovers who care enough to donate their time or money, or both, to ensure the orphaned animals in this city are treated humanely. I extend my thanks to the many volunteers and donors who support the life-saving work of our city’s Shelter.”

See footage of the event on KING5 News.

Mayor Murray meets with adoptable dog Naomi

Mayor Murray meets with adoptable dog Naomi

Mayor Murray meets with Seattle Animal Shelter staff

Mayor Murray meets with Seattle Animal Shelter staff