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Seattle-area shelters offer discounted pet adoption – Axios

Seattle-area shelters offer discounted pet adoption – Axios

A white Husky looks at the camera at left while a striped short haired cat is shown at right.

Jojen, a 3-year-old Siberian husky, and Luna, a 2-year-old brown tabby, are two of many pets available for adoption through King County Regional Animal Services. Photo courtesy of King County Regional Animal Services

If a new best friend is on your holiday wish list, you could bring one home for less than usual this month.

Driving the news: Through Dec. 31, the Ruler County Pet Adoption Center in Kent and the Auburn Valley animal shelter are offering discounts on adoptions of dogs and cats.

Why it matters: The county wants to encourage ownership from reputable shelters, while discouraging people from acquiring pets online or from questionable breeders this holiday season.

  • There are lots of cuddly friends looking for their “furever” homes, spokesperson Barbara Ramey told Axios in an email.

Details: Adoption fees with regard to adult dogs are $50, down through a normal cost associated with $100 or more.

  • Puppies — which can cost as much because $350 to adopt — will be available for $100.
  • Cat lovers get a deal, too, with kittens costing $50 plus adult cats $30, compared with a normal range of $75 in order to $165.

The particular big picture: While dog adoptions boomed nationwide during the pandemic, data shows that shelter pet adoptions at Regional Pet Services associated with King Region actually declined in 2020 and 2021 compared to 2019 levels.

Yes, but: The county’s pet re-homing numbers have rebounded this year — and you can help continue that will trend by opening your home to an animal in need.

A brown dog with very fuzzy ears and white chest hair looks at the camera with his mouth open, appearing to smile.
Eddie, Melissa’s dog, loves to bark and chase squirrels. Photo: Rachel La Corte/Axios

Melissa’s thought bubble: Be sure to consider your lifestyle not just today, but years down the road, so that a person hopefully won’t end up needing to give up your adopted dog or even cat.

  • I love my rescue dog Eddie, who I adopted when he was about a year old. But he’s highly energetic, may jump five feet in the air and needs up in order to two hours of intense exercise daily.

  • This was fine when I was childless and spent mornings jogging with him, but it’s a bit less convenient now that life is busier overall.

The bottom line: Plan ahead so you know you’re providing a good home for your animal well into the future.

  • Otherwise, like me, you might end up with a pretty steep dog walking bill.

Of note: King County runs a pet food bank to help struggling pet owners feed their animals, along with donations accepted at the Kent shelter .

Go deeper: Tips for avoiding online family pet scams

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