December 21, 2010
Thinking about taking in a new furry, four-legged friend? Why not adopt him from a shelter, and truly save a life?
According to the Humane Society of the United States, in the United States alone, more than half of the 6 million to 8 million pets that enter shelters each year are euthanized.
The adoption process is easy. And Issaquah is home to a number of small, foster home-based animal rescues.
People United for Pets is a local nonprofit rescue organization that specializes in small and toy breed dogs. Pets sitting in large shelters that are essentially on “death row” are rescued and brought into foster homes until a permanent home can be found for them.
Laura Tonkin, founder and director of PUP, said the groups exist purely to help the millions of dogs dying in shelters. Her organization also works with the Seattle Humane Society.
“There are way too many animals being killed,” Tonkin said. “All over this country, dogs and cats are being euthanized. For that reason, we’re a huge proponent of adopting.”
Another group, 11th Hour Rescue Northwest, is a private Issaquah-based rescue organization founded in 2004 by Rebecca Alexander and her daughter. They specifically focus on dogs with the hardest time getting out of the shelter. She saves pets in dire situations and places them into safe havens.
December 14, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 14, 2010
The recent flooding across the Puget Sound region has prompted the Seattle Humane Society to offer free emergency pet boarding to evacuees.
Owners can drop off animals at the Bellevue shelter, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Call the boarding department at 643-5960 or email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a drop off.
The nonprofit organization can shelter, feed and care for pets until conditions improve and owners can return home. Humane Society leaders offer free boarding during other emergencies as well.
November 30, 2010
The fifth annual Holiday Pet Food Drive is collecting kibbles, treats and wet pet food at Safeway.
Every year, pet food donations help the Seattle Humane Society fill its Pet Food Bank shelves for animals in King County owned by people who are disabled by AIDS, are low-income and senior members of the community, or who are Pet Project clients.
In the winter of 2009, people donated about 15 tons of pet food — providing food to more than 1,200 pets. This summer, Safeway participated in the first summer pet food drive and collected 8,000 pounds of food for the Pet Food Bank.
It takes an average of 12,000 pounds per month to sustain the program. The latest pet food drive ends Dec. 31.
“Thanks, to the Pet Food Bank, more than 930 pet owners each month don’t have to choose between self care and pet care,” Seattle Humane Society spokeswoman Divya Kumar said.
August 13, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 13, 2010
Get ready for felines and purr-fect puns as the Seattle Humane Society hosts Catapalooza on Saturday and Sunday.
The nonprofit organization has hundreds of kittens and mature cats ready to adopt. Stop by the Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue, between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The kitten adoption fee is $50; adoption fees will be waived for cats 1 and older. Browse the animals up for adoption — and learn about how to pick a pet — here.
Catapalooza also features cat-training demonstrations, plus face painting and cat-toy making station for children.
August 10, 2010
Ben & Jerry’s opening soon
Mark Mullet, owner of Zeeks Pizza, now plans to bring a taste of Vermont to the Issaquah Highlands. The city councilman will open a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop next month.
The local branch of the eco-conscious company famous for punny flavors — Cherry Garcia, anyone? — and social activism will open near Caffe Ladro, inside a former home sales center about mid-September. Plans call for about 40 seats spread across 1,300 square feet.
“I think Ben & Jerry’s and Issaquah are a natural fit,” he said.
Before Mullet can start serving scoops of Chubby Hubby and Chunky Monkey, he had to attend Scoop University, the training facility for franchisees in Vermont. There, the former bank executive learned to mix milkshakes and shape waffle cones.
The biggest challenge for Mullet: cursive writing. He said another employee should handle the frosting messages atop ice cream cakes. Read more
July 4, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. July 4, 2010
Sure, Fourth of July parties and fireworks mean fun times for people, but the holiday rituals can frighten pets.
Regional Animal Services of King County and the Seattle Humane Society offer tips to keep pets safe on Independence Day. The organizations recommend for pets to be kept indoors — preferably in a room without windows — with plenty of food and water. Surround pets with favorite toys and familiar objects to them calm. Keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows and blinds.
Keep pets away from fireworks. Pets face risks of burns, injuries or possible ingestion of fireworks.
June 8, 2010
Join local Boy Scout Taylor Willis in his Eagle Scout project to help build a walking trail for animals at the Seattle Humane Society, which serves all of King County.
Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 12, weather permitting, at the Seattle Humane Society in Factoria, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way. Lunch will be provided. Bring gloves and tools to clear brush.
The society is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that provides shelter to “rescue” animals, adoption services and kennel services. There is a need to create an “off pavement” trail to exercise animals, because at any given time, the facility has more than 100 animals that need to be walked.
“The trails provides the animals a more naturelike terrain to walk on instead of pavement. It is easier on their feet and it is a better place for them to use the bathroom,” Willis wrote in his proposal. “This service project would add benefit to the lives of the animals that are staying at the facility and would increase productivity of the organization as a whole.”
Learn more by calling Willis at 503-5133.
January 5, 2010
Despite a Jan. 31 deadline to close county-run animal shelters, questions remain about how King County Animal Care and Control will provide service to Issaquah and 33 other cities after the deadline passes. Read more
December 8, 2009
’Tis plenty of ways to give this holiday season
‘Tis the season to be jolly. And ‘tis better to give than receive. How about being jolly and giving?
Budgets are tighter than ever for some people. And the holidays, when you should be able to relax and treat yourself and others, often make tight budgets feel even worse than they would otherwise.
In the time I have lived in this fair city, I know that when I have needed things, various people have provided them in various ways. That’s how Issaquah people are. Kind, caring and giving. I’ve done my best to give back as often as possible — kind of a pay-it-forward policy, if you will.
Here are some things you can do to make the season brighter for others, which always comes back to you, thereby making the season brighter for you, too. Read more
January 8, 2009
UPDATED — 1:20 p.m. Jan. 8, 2009
Tibbetts and Issaquah creeks were cresting at 8 a.m. and water from them will be flowing through Issaquah over the next several hours. The forecast is calling for more rain.
Block your basement drains and evacuate your home if needed. Do not leave animals at home if you evacuate. The Seattle Humane Society has temporary shelter ready to provide safety and care for them. Call 641-0080.
Do not walk, wade or drive in flooded areas. Report storm water issues or request delivery of sand and bags by calling Public Works Operations at 837-3470. The city is accepting calls for sand and bags 24 hours a day during this flooding.
See a map of road closures here.