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Learn about Seattle Humane Society's Holiday Happenings, our Pet Food Bank, plus adoption stories and more.

Text of Seattle Humane Society Magazine - Winter 2012

  • Holiday HappeningsPet Pics with Santa, Adoption Discounts, & Great Gift Ideas

    Winter 2012

    Pet Food BankKeeping Families Together

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    Happy Tails, Adoption Photos & Shelter UpdatesAlso in this issue:

  • Holiday Pet Food Drive at SafewayNow Dec. 31 King County Safeway stores

    Santa Paws Pet PhotosDec. 1 | Crossroads Dec. 8 | Seattle Humane

    Dear Animal Lovers,

    We are coming to the end of another record-setting year at the Seattle Humane Society, and we have you to thank. In fact, well place nearly 6,000 cats, dogs, and critters this year! Thanks to your generous donations, pets in our care receive food, shelter, and medical care for as long as it takes for us to find them a new family. We are excellent stewards of your donations, spending 80 cents of every dollar on the animals and earning a four-star rating the highest possible for nonprofit agency financial management from Charity Navigator for the fourth consecutive year.

    Thanks to your support of our Fund-A-Need project to expand spay/neuter services, we are set to achieve even greater accomplishments in the year ahead. We have added an additional surgery team and expanded our Recovery Center, tripling animal recovery space and allowing us to double the number of spay/neuter surgeries to 5,000 annually for pets belonging to low-income families. We are also excited to welcome fourth-year veterinary students from Washington State Universitys College of Veterinary Medicine to our campus in May 2013. These veterinary students will spay and neuter our shelter pets as part of their clinical training, affording Seattle Humane veterinarians the capacity to serve even more animals.

    As Seattle Humane continues to grow, we are able to care for more pets and find them new, loving homes. By increasing our affordable spay/neuter services, we are also able to reduce animals who are born unwanted and homeless and often end up in shelters. This means more lives saved, and we simply could not do this without your continued support. We thank you for all that you do now and all year long.

    David Loewe Chief Executive Officer

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    John M. Corby ChairMary Kay Wright Vice ChairChris Falco, CPA, CBI TreasurerJames T. Linardos SecretaryJanette AdamucciMichelle Foreman BarnetChris BaylessAsher BearmanJeffrey A. Christianson Elaine ColesKathy ConnorsKathleen ConroyTori DotsonMichael EllisonJocelyn HansonElwood W. HertzogKaycee KrystyFranz LazarusLeslie PhinneyDaryl RussinovichJim Schuler

    STAFF LEADERSHIP

    David E. Loewe Chief Executive OfficerKen L. Farmer Chief Financial OfficerKatie Olsen Chief Operations OfficerDr. Brad Crauer, DVM Chief Medical OfficerBrynn Blanchard VP of DevelopmentRhonda Manville Director of Marketing

    Cover Photo: Emma, a 2-month-old Labrador Retriever mix, adopted in October 2012.

    13212 SE Eastgate Way Bellevue, WA 98005 seattlehumane.org

    Seattle Humane Society is an independent, donor-funded nonprofit animal welfare organization saving abandoned, stray and surrendered pets in our community.

    For event details, visit seattlehumane.org/explore/events/holiday

    Adopt a Cat or Critter on UsNow Dec. 31 Seattle Humane

    Home for the HolidaysDec. 7 9 Seattle Humane

    Letter From Chief Executive Officer David Loewe

    Editor Joyce Zoldak [email protected]

    Designer Aubrey Miller-Schmidt

    Winter 2012 Vol 20 Issue 4

    PHONE NUMBERS

    Main Line 425.641.0080

    Adoptions 425.649.7563

    Admissions 425.649.7561

    Vet. Services 425.649-7560

    Volunteers 425.649.7557

    Fund Development 425.649.7552

    Humane Education 425.373.5385

    Marketing 425.274.1513

    MaxMobile Requests 425.274.1500

    Pet Food Bank 425.649.7566

    Pet Project 425.649.7566

    Save the Date!

  • 3Free Adoption Fair a Huge SuccessSeattle Humane found loving homes for more than 300 cats, dogs, and critters during our Free Adoption Blitz weekend and preview in October! This was our second annual fee-waived adoption fair and com-munity members reconfirmed what we had learned in 2011 that waiving adoption fees for pets can be the little incentive they need to come out and adopt. We learned that many adopters who had been considering adding a pet to their home for some time took the plunge at our fee-waived fair. Just like any day of the year, our adoption advisors ensured that great, lifelong matches were made.

    Robin and her two teens, Jenna and Adam, lost their family cat and had been considering adopting again. When they heard about our Adoption Blitz on National Public Radio, they were motivated to come take a look. The family decided to adopt two 2-month-old kittens, Ion and Neutron, and they couldnt have been happier!

    Kelly, a 6-year-old Chihuahua mix, traveled all the way from California to meet her new family at our Adoption Blitz! Seattle Humane rescued Kelly from a shelter where she had run out of time. Blanche brought her whole family down for our Adoption Blitz and they fell instantly in love with little miss Kelly and decided to adopt her. When Blanche got home she sent us a photo of Kelly sound asleep in her sons arms and wrote, Thank you for our fur baby Kelly. She had made our dreams come true what a love bug! Thank you to everyone who came out and adopted a furry friend.

    A Walk to RememberOur 10th annual Walk for the Animals at University Village brought well over 1,000 people and their dogs out to support our mission and to have fun, raising more than $135,000 for the pets at Seattle Humane Society. Walkers enjoyed breakfast treats, a 2-mile walk through the Union Bay Natural Area trails, a free photostop, goodies, giveaways, and more. After the Walk, the fun continued at FidoFEST with adoptable SHS animals, canine contests, vendor booths and even an agility course!

    Thank you to everyone who walked, fundraised, or made a donation to this years Walk for the Animals we cant wait to see you at next years Walk! Seattle Humane Societys Walk for the Animals was presented by Safeway and supported by Carter Subaru.

    See more photos from the event at: bit.ly/walk-eventphoto

    Humane Happenings: News & Updates

    More than 1,000 animal lovers Walked for the Animals on Sept. 23.

    Be Prepared for Winter Emergencies With winter upon us, wed like to remind pet owners that a little preparation now can make a big difference in the event of a natural winter disaster. Seattle Humane Society partners with the Red Cross to provide free temporary shelter and care to pets in King County emergencies. Red Cross shelters do not accept pets unless they are service animals, so please keep Seattle Humanes contact information handy. We can be reached seven days a week at (425) 641-0080 and are located at 13212 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue. As backup, speak with friends and family about sheltering your pet and keep a list of boarding kennels, veterinary clinics, and nearby hotels that accept pets. Leaving pets behind is NOT a safe option.

    Have a current photo of your animal in case they get lost. Make sure they are microchipped and wearing an ID tag. Call your microchip company to update your contact information and be sure to prep a disaster supply kit containing medications, medical records in a waterproof container, behavior notes, your veterinarians contact information and a first aid kit. Have an extra leash, collar, and carrier on hand as well as food, water, bowls, litter/pan, and a can opener. With a little preparation, you can ensure that you and your pet are prepared for winter emergencies.

    Seattle Humane was bustling with activity all weekend long during our Free Adoption Blitz!

  • 4JoeyLynn, a 6-year-old Toy Poodle mix weighing barely 10 pounds, was sur-rendered to Seattle Humane when her owners could no longer care for her. Our veterinarians discovered that JoeyLynn suffered from painful bladder stones and needed immediate surgery.

    When animals like JoeyLynn are brought to us requiring medical attention, our veterinary team is there to help. Thanks to our new partnership with Washing-ton State Universitys College of Veterinary Medicine, we will be able to care for even more pets in need with the help of fourth-year veterinary students receiving clinical training at our shelter.

    Liz Nordeen, a WSU veterinary student, and our staff veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Buchanan, teamed up to help JoeyLynn. Together, they performed cystotomy surgery, removing a golf-ball-sized bladder stone and 15 smaller stones that had been causing little JoeyLynn terrible pain and discomfort. JoeyLynn recovered from surgery in a wonderful volunteer foster home. She is feeling much better now because she got the care she needed and her tail has begun to wag again! JoeyLynn was adopted by an adoring family after she had fully recovered.

    Thanks to The Lexus Fund for shelter dogs in need of medical care, and to generous donors like you who continue to support it, we never have to turn away pets like JoeyLynn. Please make a donation to The Lexus Fund today at seattlehumane.org/donate/now, (425) 373-5382, or by writing Lexus on your check.

    JoeyLynns Emergency Surgery

    Happy Tails

    Parenthood can be tough and sometimes its nice to have a little help. When mother and daughter cats Breesha and Mikki gave birth to unplanned litters just a few days apart, they were surrendered to the Seattle Humane Society in need of A LOT of support! This kitty family wouldnt have survived at most shelters without the resources to give newborn pets the extra care they need.

    Juli Ross, Seattle Humane Societys Cat Foster Coordinator, volunt

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