County animal services marks first year in operation

A new way of doing business helps bring down euthanasia rate for homeless or lost animals.

First year highlights include a record low euthanasia rate, a growing volunteer and foster program, and increased regional collaboration, according to county officials.

“Thanks to the efforts of our staff, our partners, and our volunteers, we are transforming Regional Animal Services into a model for progressive animal programs all over the country,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said. “The new name for our facility, King County Pet Adoption Center, more accurately reflects who we are and what we do here. As has always been the case, our number one goal is to get pets adopted into permanent, loving homes.”

Constantine pointed to the success of the adoption and foster programs in lowering the center’s euthanasia rate.

“Sadly, just a few years ago, more than 40 percent of the animals that came here were euthanized,” the executive said. “Today, by expanding our pet adoption and foster efforts, we have brought that down to less than 14 percent, and we are always working to make that number even smaller. What makes this even more remarkable is that the King County Pet Adoption Center is an open admission facility, meaning it takes in animals that are not just unwanted, but sometimes injured, suffering from malnutrition or abused. Unlike most shelters, our center does not euthanize adoptable animals.”

The King County Pet Adoption Center is open Mondays from 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

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