King County shelter waives adoption fees for adult dogs

May 19, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. May 19, 2011

Regional Animal Services of King County is waiving adoption fees for adult dogs through May 31.

The agency’s Kent shelter received numerous arrivals in recent weeks, prompting officials to waive adoption fees.

“Because we don’t euthanize adoptable pets, space can sometimes get tight at the shelter,” agency Manager Ken Nakatsu said in a release. “By temporarily waiving the adoption fee for adult dogs, we’re hoping to get more of them into loving, permanent homes. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking for a new member of the family.”

Until May 31, the adoption fee for dogs older than 6 months is waived. Owners can take home a pet for just the cost of the license — a savings of $75 to $250.

Pets from Regional Animal Services arrive spayed or neutered, vaccinated, including for rabies, and have received a health exam.

Find available pets at the Regional Animal Services website or at the shelter, 21615 64th Ave. S.

The shelter is also seeking volunteers to provide foster homes for dogs and cats. Volunteers care for pets on a temporary basis at home until the pet is adopted.

“Fostering a dog or cat is easy to do, and we provide almost everything you need,” Sarah Luthens, manager of volunteer programs at Regional Animal Services, said in a release. “The pet benefits from being in a family environment, you benefit from having a loving — if temporary — companion, and it reduces the space crunch at the shelter.”

People interested in volunteering must complete the fostering application and attend a 90-minute training session. Once a pet is placed in a foster home, Regional Animal Services provides pet food, cat litter, a litter box and medical care for the pet at no cost to the foster family.

The agency scheduled training sessions for Thursday, June 2, June 9, June 16 and June 23. The sessions run from 5:30-7 p.m. at the shelter. Call 206-296-3946 or email pets@kingcounty.gov to enroll.

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