April 26, 2011
For Sydney Dalry, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals commercials were too much to handle. The sad faces of the cats and dogs made the Apollo Elementary School fourth-grader want to make a difference.
“I saw the animals, and I wanted to help them,” she said. “Some animals just don’t quite make it.”
She wanted to volunteer at the Seattle Humane Society, but was told she was too young. Her next idea was to collect donations instead of gifts for her 10th birthday in February. Her mother, Andrea Dalry, suggested she do a community outreach project instead, because it would allow her to reach beyond her friends.
Sydney collected cat and dog food, toys, towels, brushes and leashes during the first three weeks in February, using a Facebook page to spread the word.
In all, Andrea Dalry estimated Sydney collected about $500 worth of pet supplies. Sydney also held a work party with her friends to create catnip toys out of baby booties.
February 18, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 18, 2011
Spay Day returns Tuesday.
The annual effort presented by the Humane Society highlight the importance of saving animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.
Spay Day is open to anyone, regardless of income level, interested in having a dog, cat, puppy or kitten spayed or neutered.
The closest participating clinic to Issaquah is South County Cats, 26828 Maple Valley Black Diamond Road, Maple Valley.
PAWS is also offering low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for Spay Day — $40 for male or female cats or kittens , and $80 for male or female dogs or puppies.
Other shelters and veterinarians in King and Snohomish counties plan to offer discounted services for Spay Day.
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 email@example.com 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