Care about Seattle’s animals? Join us for the most exciting and important night of the year!
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who made SASF’s third annual “Raining Cats & Dogs” auction a resounding success!
The third annual “Raining Cats & Dogs” benefit auction, benefiting the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF), is an evening of fantastic food, sparkling conversation and must-have auction items, all to help support the animals and programs of the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS).
Join emcee Lee Callahan of 96.5 JACK-FM for this gala evening, where you can:
- Bid on fabulous live auction items, including rare, one-of-a-kind experiences (Click the Live Auction tab above for examples – more are being added on a regular basis, so keep checking back!)
- Bid on a spectacular variety of silent auction items representing the best of Seattle
- Savor delectable appetizers, a sumptuous buffet dinner catered by FareStart, and beautifully crafted desserts
- Enjoy great conversation with Seattleites who care about animals as much as you do
- Get a unique, up-close look at the vital work of the Seattle Animal Shelter
All proceeds go to SASF, a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support the programs and initiatives of the Seattle Animal Shelter by engaging our community, increasing awareness and raising funds.
Enter to Win
As part of the Auction experience, enter our benefit raffle drawing to win an all-inclusive luxury adventure cruise for two to Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, courtesy of Seattle’s Un-Cruise Adventures! Raffle tickets are $50 each (sold on-site; not part of Auction admission), and are limited to 100 total tickets sold. Great odds to win this once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Total prize value: $6,590
Ride along with a Seattle Animal Shelter Humane Officer and experience first-hand the life-saving work they do every day. Watch these seasoned professionals reunite lost pets with their owners, rescue animals in distress, and track down runaway dogs at the dog park. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime look into the amazing work the Shelter does.
Let your pet shine like a star in the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation 2014 calendar! Your pet or pets will enjoy a special photo session with Emily Rieman, whose images of cats, dogs and critters have been published in City Dog Magazine and used in books, ad campaigns and greeting cards. Emily will help you select the perfect shot for the calendar, and you’ll get to select an 8"x10" print to take home for free.
Spend an evening with a Seattle Police K9 Handler and his or her Police Dog partner, and get a feel for how these patrol dogs work. On duty seven nights a week, 365 nights a year, the Seattle Police K9 Unit’s primary mission is the protection of life and property for the citizens of Seattle, and assistance with the safe apprehension of suspects.
Be part of the privileged few who get a behind-the-scenes look at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. You and three friends will get a personal guided tour of the sanctuary, which is not open to the public. You’ll learn about the incredible work of this special organization and "meet" a group of chimpanzees released from biomedical research to the Sanctuary in 2008.
Does your kitty preen for the catwalk? Is your dog a dashing Don Juan? We're now seeking feline and canine models for our Fall/Winter line of bus advertisements. There’s room for only two at the top: one cat and one dog. The lucky pets will be featured on a Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation advertisement on two Seattle buses for four weeks. Fabulous!
A must for fans of Seattle rock gods (and animal lovers) Pearl Jam! You'll receive a pair of VIP tickets to Pearl Jam's Key Arena concert in Seattle on December 6, 2013, entitling you to sit within the band's "Friends and Family" section. You'll also receive a concert poster from Pearl Jam's Lollapalooza show in Brazil, signed by the band and professionally framed by Museum Quality Framing.
Relax in your very own Portuguese villa near the sea. Stay for a week on Portugal’s Silver Coast in the historic town of Serra d'El-Rei, which boasts shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and more. Enjoy magnificent white-sand beaches; golfing; fishing; or wandering the walled city of Óbidos, the market of Caldas da Rainha, cloisters of Tomar and other historic sites.
SASF is seeking unique, eclectic items that celebrate the best that Seattle has to offer, for the silent auction portion of Raining Cats & Dogs. Our wish list includes:
- Week or weekend away at a rental home or timeshare
- Overnight or multi-night stays at hotels, inns, or bed & breakfasts
- Winery tours, tasting parties, or experiences
- Gift certificates for local restaurants
- Cat trees/climbers
- Bottles of wine ($25 or greater retail value)
- Tickets for Mariners, Sounders, Seahawks, Storm, Thunderbirds, or UW sporting events
- Flight lessons
- Day sails
- Camping gear
- Ski resort passes or overnight stays
- Cooking classes
- Pet boarding, grooming, or veterinary care gift certificates
- Passes to local attractions such as EMP, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Frye Museum, Space Needle
- Tickets for theater and arts events
To donate, please download the Auction Procurement Form.
For further information on donating items, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raining Cats & Dogs Auction FAQs
Where is Raining Cats & Dogs held?
The auction is held at the Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA. [map]
Where can I park?
The Cultural Center has three parking lots: two adjacent to the Center and one across the street. On-street parking is also available.
What time do doors open?
Doors open at 5:00 pm. Prior to the start of the live auction, enjoy the three silent auctions, wine grab, Sponsor a Pet, delicious appetizers and drinks.
I registered online. Will I receive tickets?
No, all you need to do is show up and check in at the registration table. No physical tickets will be mailed out.
I registered before my friend decided to go. Can we be placed at the same table?
Please email your seating requests to email@example.com. We will do our best to sit you all together.
What do I wear to Raining Cats & Dogs?
Cocktail attire is appropriate for this event.
Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Unfortunately, we do not sell tickets at the door.
I purchased tickets and now I cannot attend. Can I get a refund?
Sorry to hear we won’t be seeing you at the auction! If you make your request prior to September 19, 2013, we can refund your ticket purchase, minus a 10% processing fee. We aren’t able to refund tickets after September 19, 2013.
What type of items will you have at the auction?
For highlights of our live auction, click on the Live Auction tab above. Please check this page and our Facebook page for regular updates, as we are continually adding new items.
Can I bring my companion animal?
As animals are not allowed in the Cultural Center, we ask that you leave your companion animal at home for the evening.
Who should I notify regarding my food allergies?
Please send all menu-related requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I support the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation if I am unable to attend?
You can donate a new silent or live auction item. To donate, please email email@example.com
You may also make a monetary donation via the Foundation’s Donation Page, or by mail at the following address:
The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation
PO Box 99006
Seattle, WA 98139-0006