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January 30, 2014

From feral kitten to family cat

By Stephani Hemness Meet Uno. Named for his singular eye, he has enchanted everyone with his permanent wink and charming personality. The first time Kristin, a nurse at Cats Exclusive Veterinary Center, met Uno, the cat could barely see out of his right eye, which was swollen shut from glaucoma. Just a kitten, he had…

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January 3, 2014

Jax sees a brighter future

By Christy Avery Jax was found abandoned, tied to a lamppost outside the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle. A clear victim of neglect, the seven-year-old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix had a swollen, misshapen eye and a bad skin infection. Once safe at the Seattle Animal Shelter, the sweet little dog became a favorite of staff, happiest…

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Iris

January 3, 2014

A tale of two rats: Elizabeth and Iris

By Debra Benn It is little known that rats make great companion animals. They have a curious, fun-loving nature; friendly social behavior; and a quiet demeanor. The Seattle Animal Shelter regularly receives rat companions, both as individuals and in pairs. One such couple stole the hearts of the Shelter’s staff, volunteers and a special adopter….

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November 26, 2013

Puppy love: Fostering bottle babies

By Christy Avery When Sara completed the Seattle Animal Shelter’s new foster parent training, she imagined fostering an elderly dog—not the litter of five orphaned puppies she would take into her home. The Border Collie mix puppies were only a week and a half old, with eyes that hadn’t even opened yet. They needed round-the-clock…

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October 19, 2013

Behind the Cuteness

Colette and Nigel are cute “rock star” pets who have it all. But it wasn’t always glamorous. Thanks to a community of caring staff, volunteers and partners at the Seattle Animal Shelter, and generous supporters of the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, their lives began to turn around. Join us as we take a look… Behind…

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Lily

October 7, 2013

Lily blossoms through SAS foster care

By Emily Beauprey In the tireless work of animal rescue, few things are more inspiring than hearing a good success story, and Lily (pictured at left) is certainly one of those. Lily’s new “mom” wrote to the Seattle Animal Shelter recently, thanking the staff and volunteers for their part in helping Lily to find her…

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October 6, 2013

Shy bunnies Dora and Diego get a new start

By Christy Avery Some animals at the Seattle Animal Shelter are considered highly adoptable—they have the looks, age and temperament that most adopters want. Other animals are harder to place, and Shelter volunteers go the extra mile to help these critters, cats, and dogs find their permanent homes. Young rabbit siblings Dora and Diego were…

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HopToAdopt Nana

July 7, 2013

SAS helps bunnies find hoppy lives

By Christy Avery Earlier this year, the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS) found itself caring for 25 rabbits, far more than the usual number. Thanks to a 2012 grant from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF), SAS was able to create a special event called Hop to Adopt, in which adoption fees were waived for rabbits….

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3 kittens

May 7, 2013

One missed bus, two caring people, three lives saved

By Emily Beauprey Helping a homeless animal can start with the smallest of kindnesses – or with something as simple as a missed bus. For SAS Humane Law Enforcement Manager Ann Graves, that missed bus meant driving to work early one morning and arriving before the shelter opened. Given the hour, she was surprised to…

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Josie and Kittens

April 4, 2013

Mom and kittens find caring at home – and in the office

By Christy Avery Employees at an office in Kent regularly cared for the many stray and semi-feral cats that had colonized an adjacent property, and they even allowed Chi, a particularly friendly eight-month-old, into the office, where she happily accepted their food, shelter and companionship. When it became clear that the little grey cat was…

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