Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued this week from King County.
There are no tricks, just a treat for those looking for a new cat or dog at Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) this October. Staff has lowered adoption fees for cats and kittens through Halloween, and they have helpful advice to current pet owners to keep pets safe during this coming spooky holiday.
“There’s never been a better time to adopt a pet from us,” said Glynis Frederiksen, interim manager of Regional Animal Services. “We have all shapes, sizes, and colors of cats and dogs waiting for their forever homes. Plus, if you come in before Halloween, adoption fees for cats are just 30 dollars, and for kittens, it’s 75 dollars.”
October is also national Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month. RASKC’s adoption fee for dogs ranges from $100 to $250, depending on the age and breed of the pet. A King County pet license, spay or neuter surgery, microchipping, and initial vaccinations are all included in the adoption fee.
A listing of pets ready for adoption is available online at www.kingcounty.gov/pets. Or, potential adopters are always welcome to come down to the King County Pet Adoption Center in person to pick out a new family member. The center is located at 21615 64th Ave. S. in Kent. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Along with finding homes for adoptable pets, Regional Animal Services of King County would like to remind pet owners of a few safety tips before the ghosts and goblins arrive for Halloween.
1. Never feed candy to your pet, especially chocolate. If you suspect your dog or cat has gotten into some Halloween treats, contact your veterinarian right away.
2. Costumes can be scary to some pets. If your pet is easily spooked by strangers or loud noises, consider keeping them safe in a pet crate or confined to a quiet room while trick-or-treaters are out.
3. Be sure your pet is wearing a collar with a license securely attached as you open the door for trick-or-treaters or party guests. You may also consider microchipping your cat or dog. Check with your veterinarian about this service.
4. If your pet does accidentally escape, check with all local shelters and animal rescue groups, and log on to www.petharbor.com to search for strays in the area.