Cindy grass WEB

January 10, 2015

Cindy’s world turns from fear to joy

By Christy Avery Cindy, a 7-year-old Pit Bull, came into the care of the Seattle Animal Shelter after a neighbor reported abuse of the dog by the owner. Although Cindy was now safe at the Shelter, she proved so fearful that she would not leave her kennel. Volunteers sometimes managed to coax her out of…

Read more »
Dodge_and_Sam Web

December 1, 2014

The story of Dodge the Chin has a Hollywood ending

By Karen Jasper Recently we brought you the story of the twenty-one chinchillas surrendered to the Seattle Animal Shelter after their owner moved into an assisted living facility. All of the little “chins” have since been adopted, and the story of one of them in particular has a movie script ending. Baby Dodge was in…

Read more »
Fred and Lily WEB

November 2, 2014

Sweet Fred finds joy in his golden years

By Kim Bise On any given day, you can find Fred cuddling with his forever family, his joyous demeanor and sweet personality shining through. You would never know that just a short time ago, he faced a bleak future. Fred, a miniature Schnauzer, was already a senior when his previous owner dropped him off at…

Read more »
Daphne_Web_1

October 4, 2014

Daphne is hard at work…and having a ball

Daphne, a young Pit Bull mix, came to SAS as a stray, and it soon became clear that she was an unusual dog. Daphne was the most ball-obsessed dog ever seen by the staff. “Her world revolved around a ball. Any ball, any color, any size, any texture,” volunteer Jeremy Hein remembers. “Ball was her…

Read more »
Huey and Sam1 (1)

August 1, 2014

Cat brothers vocal about their new, happy home

Feline brothers Huey and Sam had been surrendered to the Seattle Animal Shelter, along with a third cat named Scooter, by a Seattle resident whose apartment manager had ordered him to get rid of the cats. All three soon developed upper respiratory infections, and SAS foster parent Catie brought Huey and Scooter home so they…

Read more »
Brownie1

July 2, 2014

Patience and care reveal Brownie’s sweet side

By Jennifer Yu After a split with his spouse, a man surrendered not one, but four Chihuahuas to the Seattle Animal Shelter. The dogs were frail, skittish and under-socialized. Among the group was a chocolate-colored, doe-eyed male named Brownie. While Brownie’s siblings warmed up to volunteers and staff and were soon adopted, Brownie’s condition turned…

Read more »
UNO_young_old

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…

Read more »
Jax2

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…

Read more »
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….

Read more »
bottle pups-174

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…

Read more »