F.A.Q.s

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F.A.Q.s

Where is the Seattle Animal Shelter located?

The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 - 15th Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119 approximately 1 mile south of the Ballard Bridge. View our Hours & Location.

Do pets need to be licensed?

All dogs, cats, potbellied pigs and miniature goats are required to be licensed. View more information about licenses.

Is there a leash law?

Yes. All animals (except cats and pigeons) are required to be on leash within the City of Seattle. Animals may not run loose anywhere in Seattle except for designated off-leash areas. While cats are not required to be on leash, it is unlawful for cats to be a nuisance, create a sanitation problem or damage public or private property.  Visit Animal Control for more information.

What can be done if a neighbor's pets are loose?

Call Seattle Animal Shelter immediately at (206) 386-PETS (7387) or learn more about Animal Control.

What is the law regarding animals creating noise?

Visit our Animal Control page for additional information about unreasonable animal noise.

What are the laws for noise, animal welfare, leash law, licensing and dangerous animals?

Visit our Seattle Municipal Code page to review the laws.  Also, check Animal Control page for more information.

What should I do about nuisance wildlife in my yard?

The Washington State Department of Wildlife handles reports of nuisance wildlife.  Visit our Wildlife page for helpful information. 

I cannot take care of my pet any longer. What can I do?

The Seattle Animal Shelter can accept all surrendered pets from within the city.  Visit our Surrender Your Pet page for more information.  Or find another shelter in your area.

How can I adopt a pet?

Visit our Adoption section to learn more and see pets available for adoption.

Can Seattle Animal Shelter make a presentation to a school or community organization?

Yes. The Seattle Animal Shelter is available to make a limited number of presentations based upon staff availability. Please call (206) 386-PETS (7387) to arrange for a presentation.

Are you a "no kill" shelter?

The Seattle Animal Shelter adopts out all adoptable animals to new homes regardless of breed or feral nature.  There are no time or space limits for animals in the shelter's care. We regularly adopt out, reunite with family or send to rescue over 90%* of the pets that come through our doors.  Pets that are determined to be a health or safety risk to humans or other pets will not be placed for adoption.  Additionally, pets that are unable to be helped by reasonable veterinary care may also not be placed for adoption.

While the Seattle Animal Shelter does not consider itself a "no kill" shelter, our save rate falls within the recommendation of the "No Kill Nation" advocacy organization.

* "Save Rate" calculation from the first 6 months of 2012. Calculation excludes owner requested euthanasia of terminally-ill animals.

I live just ouside the city limits of Seattle. Can you help me?

We are happy to adopt an animal to you regardless of residence. We also accept surrendered animals from outside the city on a space-available basis. If you are contacting us to file a report, we cannot accept calls or complaints for outside the city limits of Seattle. Please check our listing of other shelters to find the animal control agency in your area.