UPDATE: Toby was adopted on October 8!
Congratulations, and Happy Tails!

Toby came in to our shelter scared and terribly matted.  Because he was so matted, it was painful to be touched and even to walk, as his hair was constantly pulling on his skin, this caused him to be quite grumpy (understandably).  Luckily we have awesome people in our community that came to his rescue!

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Meet Vyrna!

Not only has she contributed over 3,419 hours over the past six years, Vyrna has made and contributed over 1,300 cat cozy blankets to RASKC. She volunteers as a cat meet-and-greet volunteer, as a foster volunteer, and she works special adoption events. Ever ready to fill-in on a moment’s notice, Vyrna is extraordinarily helpful. She also helps with the filming of our cats for Comcast “Pets on Demand.”  Vyrna is originally from Canada, with her home now in Kent. And she’s one of our most vivacious volunteers. Read our Q&A with her below:


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I had the pleasure of giving a tour of the shelter to this local Girl Scout Brownie Troop #45329. They were such a fun group of girls who had lots of questions and were very interested in the workings of the shelter and in seeing the animals. They even made some cat scratchers with their […]

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Help us raise funds for our Catio and Cat Colony Room!

Last year, thanks to your generous donations and crack carpentry by King County’s Facilities Management Division, we built a “catio” onto our cat adoptions building.

Now we’re looking for donations to help us complete the catio and attached cat colony room!

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RASKC has nominated Melissa Blake for MudBay’s FUTY (From Us to You) Festival Volunteer Excellence award. This is Mudbay’s second FUTY celebration which recognizes animal welfare volunteers and staff of the Pacific Northwest. Winners will be awarded $1000.00 cash prize and their organization will also receive a $1000 donation from MudBay. To participate, click here to vote! 

Melissa Blake always finds time to volunteer at our pet adoption center even though she is a paralegal by day, a real estate agent on the weekends and a photographer in her spare time. Continue reading

Great story from KIRO 7 News! Feline exterminators from our Barn Cats program are helping the King County Wastewater Treatment Division deal with rodents at one of their facilities. See the story here: http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/furry-exterminators-tackle-rat-problem/397466064 Many thanks to the RASKC volunteers who keep this wonderful program going, especially Ruth and Barb!

One of the most valuable ways to volunteer with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is to open your heart and home on a temporary basis to a RASKC animal that is waiting to be adopted. These animals need to be in a home environment, rather than the shelter, for a variety of reasons […]

Celebrating April’s Volunteer Appreciation, our Nickie Ford — Adoption Events Coordinator — submitted this story to highlight the Eastside Pet Adoption Center’s cat colony room that has been recently transformed into a “cat aquarium”, thanks to the spectacularly talented work of RASKC volunteer, Lara Steele. 

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From Voice of the Valley

Maple Valley’s Girl Scout Brownie Troop 44392 is passionate about animals and their care.Their last two service projects reflect their love of animals. One of their projects involved making fleece tied blankets for Continue reading

Photo credit: Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times

From Seattle Times

A decade ago, King County nearly abandoned animal services amid high euthanasia rates and poor shelter conditions. But officials and animal-welfare advocates are marking a dramatic turnaround in providing care and finding good homes for sick and abandoned animals.

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