Seattle Humane Society teams with Safeway for pet food drive

July 15, 2014

The Seattle Humane Society and Safeway have teamed up for a Summer Pet Food Drive to help fill the shelves of Seattle Humane’s Pet Food Bank, which feeds pets belonging to low-income seniors and people disabled by AIDS.

Look for collection barrels at the Issaquah Highlands Safeway, 1451 Highlands Drive N.E., and the Sammamish Safeway, 630 228th Ave. N.E., throughout July.

Pick up a few extra cans of pet food or a bag of dry pet food and drop them in. Seattle Humane’s greatest needs are dry cat food and canned dog food.

Seattle Humane is at 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. Learn more by calling 641-0080 or go to


Emergency officials: Never leave children, pets in hot cars

July 1, 2014

What should concerned citizens do if they see a child or pet in a hot car?

Issaquah police would like concerned citizens to call them.

“They should call 911 if it’s a child and ask for the police,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said.

If someone sees a pet in a car, he or she should also call the police, but use the non-emergency line, 837-3200.

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Humane Society offers Valentine’s Day specials

February 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 13, 2014

Need a little extra love in your life?

The Seattle Humane Society is celebrating Valentine’s Day with half-price adoption fees Feb.14-16 for dogs and cats 3 years and older.

View available pets online or come visit them in person at the organization’s Bellevue facility, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way.

Seattle Humane is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

Wear Seahawks colors, gear and save on pet adoptions through Jan. 13

January 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 10, 2014

Come to Seattle Humane Jan. 8-13 dressed in Seahawks gear (wearing green and blue also qualifies) to get $25 off the adoption fee for any pet.

That includes dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, bunnies and critters.

In addition, on Jan. 10, three lucky adopters will have a chance to win a Seahawks Fan Gift Package, including items to help them get prepped for the big game.

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December 3, 2013

Giving Tuesday should be only the beginning

If you missed the opportunity to make a charitable donation on Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3, never fear. The need is still there today and your check will be every bit as welcome.

If there is a community with a bigger heart than Issaquah’s, we’d like to meet it. It may be true that much of Issaquah’s population is well off enough to be able to write donation checks, but that doesn’t mean they have to.

Just last week, 2,419 people turned out for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s fourth annual Turkey Trot. That’s a few miles of running down the road — and runners actually paid for the privilege.

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Seattle Humane Society sets records

March 12, 2013

Pet adoptions at the Seattle Humane Society reached a record 5,668 last year.

The nonprofit organization serving Issaquah and King County also returned 376 pets to owners or partner rescue groups.

The shelter in Bellevue reached a milestone 97.2 percent life-saving rate — among the highest in the nation for comparable shelters.

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Seattle Humane Society waives adoption fee for critters

January 8, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 8, 2013

Seattle Humane Society leaders waived the adoption fees for critters — such as guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, mice, gerbils, rats and chinchillas — for January, to encourage folks to welcome 2013 by adopting a pet.

The nonprofit organization recommended small animals as a first pet. The organization offers pet advice at so potential pet owners can learn more about the available critters and view a selection of animals ready for adoption.

People interested in pet adoption can also visit the Seattle Humane Society shelter at 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. The shelter is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday.

Halloween is spooky for pets, too, so use safety tips

October 30, 2012

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 30, 2012

Halloween is a spooky season for pets, too.

From pet costumes to pet-friendly decorations, Seattle Humane Society leaders ask pets to prepare for Halloween guests, strange noises and costumed creatures.

On Halloween, frequent opening and closing of the door to greet trick-or-treaters can cause excited or scared pets to dash outside. Keep animals in a room away from the front door as trick-or-treaters visit. The spooky sounds, ringing doorbells and strange costumes can frighten animals.

Ideally, pets should wear a pet license, ID tag, microchip or a combination.

Most veterinarians and shelters offer microchipping. If a pet is already microchipped, make sure the company has current address and phone numbers.

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Seattle Humane Society asks for pet food donations

December 20, 2011

Seattle Humane Society and Safeway teamed up for a Holiday Pet Food Drive to help fill the shelves of the Humane Society’s pet food bank. Find collection bins at Safeway stores throughout King County. The nonprofit organization’s greatest need is for dry cat food.

The pet food bank provides pet food every month to more than 1,600 pets belonging to low-income seniors and people disabled by AIDS.

Off the Press

December 20, 2011

It’s the little things that really matter

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

They say it’s better to give than receive. I think both feel pretty good.

In my mind, though, giving lasts longer.

Purse strings have gotten tighter for many people in the past couple of years, and it’s hard to give to others when you’re receiving less.

Then again, I think many people overthink giving on a regular basis. We see pleas for $50 or $100, or sometimes even more (such as in the case of tickets to fundraising events). I don’t know about you, but I often can’t afford $50, let alone more than that.

However, even as paychecks and benefits have gotten smaller, many people have found ways to give. I was thinking about this the other day when the reporting staff was discussing the subject of compassion fatigue. People do get tired of being asked to give when their expenses are going up and their salaries are not going up to match.

But here’s something I’ve learned: Even the smallest things count to someone with little or nothing.

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