Be the forever home so many shelter pets need: Adopt from any of these great, local rescue organizations and give these babies a second chance.
Seattle Animal Shelter
Price: $130 male cats/$135 female cats/$165 to $200 male dogs/$175 to $200 female dogs
Hours: Wed to Sun – 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Adoption fees here include a variety of services such as spay/neutering, vaccinations and a microchip. If the animal you adopt has already received one of the services, the price of that service will be deducted from your adoption fee. The Seattle Animal Shelter offers a discounted rate on cats two to six years old. Cats six and older are free. All Seattle residents must purchase a pet license when adopting. Rabbits, birds and other critters are also available for adoption.
Price: $115 kittens/$100 adult cats/$250 puppies and dogs less than 25 lbs./$175 adult dogs
Hours: Wed to Sun noon to 6 p.m.
The adoption fees include a variety of services such as spay/neutering, vaccinations and a microchip. Cat adoptions come with a cardboard carrier and the book “Think Like A Cat.” Dog adoptions also include a collar, leash and obedience training classes. Homeward Pets offers a discount on adopting more than one animal, older animals and those with special needs.
Price: $75 to $150 cats/$375 to $450 dogs
Hours: All pet meetings and/or adoptions are done by appointment only
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue is a nonprofit animal rescue organization run entirely by volunteers. The animals are all kept in foster homes while they wait for their forever homes. Adoption fees cover a variety of services including spay/neutering, vaccinations, 30 days of pre-paid pet health insurance and a microchip.
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Seattle Humane Society
Price: $125 cats less than six months old/$80 seven months to one year/$25 more than one year/$250 dogs six months and younger/$199 seven or more months old
Hours: Sun to Wed – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thurs to Sun – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Adoption fees here cover a variety of services including spay/neutering, vaccinations, a micro chip, reference material on pet care, a collar and a complimentary health exam with a King County veterinarian. All dog adoptions include an six-week obedience training course at SHS (a $140 value for puppies and $95 for adult dogs). Seattle Humane Society charges more for some small purebred dogs and offers a discount on adopting more than one animal, older animals and those with special needs. It also has other types of small animals for adoption.
Northwest Organization for Animal Help
Price: $100 kittens/cats free seven months old and older/$250 six months and younger/$100 seven months and older
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
N.O.A.H. is a non-profit animal rescue organization that takes “death row” animals from other facilities into its no-kill adoption facility. Save with its adoption specials (7 months old and older): Dogs half off Monday through Thursday, and cats adopt one, get one free.
Kristy Stevens-Young is a freelance writer in Seattle. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.