Tails of Seattle: A pets blog
February pet events: Love is in the air
It's February and love is in the air - puppy love that is. Based on the emails that are coming in, love is in the air for cats, rabbits and other pets, too.
Several shelters and rescue organizations are offering discounts on adoptions for pets in need of loving homes.
For those who already have a pet, specials are being offered for spaying and neutering so you can love the one you've got and not worry about unwanted litters. Some deals are tied to national Spay Day, Feb. 28, but discounts are being offered throughout the month at several clinics.
Here are some of this month's events and special deals:
Beat the Heat: All month, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. This special $20 package for female cats as young as eight weeks old includes spay surgery, rabies vaccination, FvRCP vaccination and a microchip ID (if desired). That's a savings of more than $70. The program, made possible by grants from the PetSmart Charities and the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, aims to spay female cats before they go into heat to prevent the birth of unwanted litters in the spring. To make an appointment, call 206-386-4260.
Fabulous Felines: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 N.W. 66th St., Seattle. Cats that have been in foster care are now ready to be adopted. The adoption fees, $45-$135, include initial vaccinations, deworming, spaying or neutering, microchip ID and more.
Be Their Valentine Adoption Event: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, for kittens and cats; and noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, for puppies and dogs. PetsMart, 17845 Garden Way N.E., Woodinville. Click on the event name to see a list of rescue groups and shelters participating in this two-day event.
My Furry Valentine Adoption Event: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Hillrose Pet Resort, 2040 S. 142nd St., SeaTac. Saving Great Animals will be matching families with adoptable rescued dogs and cats. Raffle and goodie bags.
Find Your Valentine Adoption Special: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11-Sunday, Feb. 19, 15305 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Adopt any dog or cat at PAWs and Seattle Chocolates will send you a treat. Plus, save $25 off the adoption fee for select animals.
Valentine Discounts on Cats and Dogs: Through Tuesday, Feb. 14, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. All dogs and cats three years of age and older are available at 50 percent off the regular adoption fees. There are some advantages to adopting an older pet. Generally, they tend to be calmer, potty trained and have other life-experience skills such as walking on leash.
Dogs Welcome Hike: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Issaquah Trails Center, 110 S.E. Bush St., Issaquah. 4-5 mile hike with 800-1,200-foot elevation gain elevation gain. The Issaquah Alps Trails Club is also offering dog-friendly outings on Feb. 20 and Feb. 24. The hikes vary in miles and in elevation gain. Check the club's website for events with the dog icon and for details on required gear for both you and your dog.
My Dog's The Perfect Valentine: Deadline is Monday, Feb. 13, for rover.com's essay contest. Grand prize package includes a night at the Westin Seattle. Contest details are on Rover.com's website. The company connects dog owners with care providers.
Enhance Your Loving Bond: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, Seattle Veterinary Specialists, 11814 115th Ave. N.E., Kirkland; free. Meet service providers, learn about comforting your pet with massage and other methods, and get information about effective decision making and emotional wellness for pet owners, at this animal hospice event. The host is AHELP Project, a veterinary network of palliative care and hospice-focused practices and others.
Cool City Pets: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. Small animals are the focus of this family-friendly event. Learn about and meet adoptable rabbits, mice, hamsters, gerbils, rats and guinea pigs. Volunteers will be available to offer care tips. For detailed driving directions, call 206-386-7387 (listen to the prompts) or see the shelter's website.
Low-Fee Neuter Day for Cats: Tuesday, Feb. 28, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. Seattle Humane is offering discounted neuters for male cats 4 months and older. $15 (additional charges may apply for complicated surgeries). Appointments required. (The $25 spay appointments for female cats are full.)
Get Your Pit Fixed for Free! This ongoing program at Seattle Humane, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue, provides free spaying and neutering surgeries for pit bulls and pit bull mixes. The special includes free vaccinations and $5 microchips. To make an appointment, you'll need to provide a King County address. Be sure to ask about the Bully Bucks.
See some of the animals available for adoption on Seattle Humane's Fuzzy Valentine video:
Before leaving home, be sure to check the event websites (click on the event names) for schedule changes and guidelines.
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