License your pet at two Issaquah locations

May 13, 2014

Pet owners can now purchase pet licenses at Issaquah City Hall Northwest.

Dogs and cats living in Issaquah require pet licenses that must be renewed annually. The city contracts with Regional Animal Services of King County for animal control services and pet licenses.

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King County pet adoptions reach 2,500

January 8, 2013

Regional Animal Services of King County connected 2,500 pets and owners in 2012, officials announced Dec. 31, just before the curtain dropped on the year.

Laura Grieve, a Renton resident, adopted the 2,500th pet — a cat named Gaston — just before the Pet Adoption Center closed New Year’s Eve.

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King County pet shelter adoptions reach 2,500 for 2012

January 2, 2013

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 2, 2013

Regional Animal Services of King County connected 2,500 pets and owners in 2012, officials announced Monday, just before the curtain dropped on the year.

“We are thrilled that we have been able to find new, loving homes for so many pets this year,” agency Operations Manager Glynis Frederiksen said in a statement.

Laura Grieve, a Renton resident, adopted the 2,500th pet just before the Pet Adoption Center closed Monday evening.

The adoption closed a busy year for the animal control agency.

In April, King County Executive Dow Constantine selected Gene Mueller to lead the agency. Issaquah and 24 other cities also renewed contracts for animal care and control services. The contract went into effect Tuesday and runs through December 2015.

Pets face challenges, too, as temperature climbs higher

August 15, 2012

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Aug. 15, 2012

Pet owners can follow simple steps to keep pets cool as the mercury surges past 90 degrees.

Because animals cannot sweat like humans and can overheat quickly, especially as the temperature rises above 70 degrees, remember to provide plenty of fresh, cool water to pets, and shade from the sun.

Owners should not leave pets inside a vehicle, especially on warm days.

In sunny weather, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open. Animals left in a hot car, even for just a few minutes, can suffer from heat stroke, brain damage or death.

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Seminar helps pet owners sniff out lost cats

August 14, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 14, 2012

Each year in King County, hundreds of cats become lost and mos pets and owners never reunite.

Regional Animal Services of King County is joining Missing Pet Partnership pet detective Kat Albrecht to offer a lost cat behavior seminar.

“By understanding the behaviors of lost cats, we can increase the likelihood that a lost cat will be recovered and reunited with its owner,” Albrecht said in a statement.

The event examines the science of finding lost cats by studying where they tend to go, how they behave when lost and how they can be found. The seminar includes case studies of cats recovered, some under remarkable circumstances.

“It’s upsetting when a beloved pet goes missing,” Regional Animal Services Manager Gene Mueller said in a statement. “Regional Animal Services is happy to join with Missing Pet Partnership for this training, and to help families searching for lost cats.”

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Issaquah, 24 other cities continue King County animal control contract

August 7, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 7, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine continued the animal control partnership among the county, Issaquah and 24 other cities July 25, and signed the agreements to keep the pact in place through 2015.

Under the agreements between the cities and Regional Animal Services of King County, cities pay for animal control services based 80 percent on use of services and 20 percent on population, instead of the previous 50-50 formula. The county also started staffing each animal control district with at least one officer seven days a week.

The contracts go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

“With renewal of these agreements, we are showing that regional cooperation works,” Constantine said in a statement. “In partnership with cities and animal advocates throughout the region, we will keep working to continuously improve our delivery of affordable, sustainable, and humane animal care and control.”

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Regional animal control contract earns King County Council approval

July 10, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. July 10, 2012

King County officials endorsed the animal control contract between the county, Issaquah and 24 other cities Monday.

In a unanimous decision, King County Council members adopted the interlocal agreement to provide provides field officers, shelter services and licensing services. The pact amounts to about $60,000 per year for Issaquah.

“This model partnership between the county and municipalities will bring consistent, cost-effective and compassionate solutions to our animal control challenges,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said in a statement.

The agreement also required approval from leaders in 25 suburban cities. Issaquah City Council members OK’d the pact June 18.

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Regional Animal Services of King County needs volunteers to find lost pets

July 3, 2012

Regional Animal Services of King County needs volunteers to help reunite owners and pets after Independence Day.

Holiday fireworks inevitably scare some pets and cause the animals to run away, so the animal control agency and the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership plan to train volunteers for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets.

Missing Pet Partnership founder Kat Albrecht, a police detective turned pet detective, has been involved in finding missing pets since 1997, and founded the organization in 2001.

“The return to owner rate for lost pets at animal shelters across the country is low, but the Mission Reunite program can help our lost pets in King County get back together with their families,” agency Manager Gene Mueller said in a statement. “This exciting program has proven very successful in reuniting owners and their stray pets, but we need volunteers to help continue that success.”

Learn more, or register for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets or another volunteer opportunity, by contacting Sarah Luthens at sarah.luthens@kingcounty.gov or 206-296-3946.

City Council renews animal control contract

July 3, 2012

King County remains the provider of animal control services in Issaquah under a contract approved by the City Council.

The current provider, Regional Animal Services of King County, changed the formula for how cities pay for the agency. Under the old agreement, cities paid equal amounts based on population and the number of calls, but the updated agreement ditches the 50-50 agreement for a method based more on number of calls in a particular city.

The contract amounts to about $60,000 per year for Issaquah. The agreement is in place through December 2015.

“We think they made it a little more fair,” city Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said.

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Use common sense to protect pets in warm weather

July 3, 2012

Regional Animal Services of King County reminds pet owners to keep animals safe as temperatures rise and spring changes to summer.

Animals cannot sweat like humans and can overheat quickly, especially as the temperature rises above 70 degrees.

Be sure to provide plenty of fresh, cool water to pets, and shade from the sun.

Though pets need exercise during warm weather, take extra care when exercising older dogs, short-nosed dogs and dogs with thick coats. On hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours.

Another danger is leaving pets in a vehicle, especially on warm days.

In sunny weather, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open. Animals left in a hot car, even for just a few minutes, can suffer from heat stroke, brain damage or death.

Contact authorities if you see unattended animals in a vehicle. Authorities may be able to help locate the vehicle’s owner to unlock the vehicle quickly. If security guards or other authorities cannot be reached, call 911 or 206-296-7387 immediately.

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