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Our Adoption Mission

To place as many healthy, adoptable pets in permanent homes as possible. In order to accomplish our mission we will: screen pets for health, temperament and suitability for placement into homes; match owners with the most compatible pets; educate owners regarding laws and ordinances including proper care, confinement, licensing and spay/neuter.


Choosing the Right Pet for You

Let our pet adoption specialists help you choose a pet that suits your lifestyle. Think carefully about what you and your family want from a pet - a quiet companion? An active playmate? A family friend? Every breed of dog and cat has unique characteristics and each individual pet is different.

When choosing a pet, answer these questions:

  • How much time do I have to spend caring for my pet?
  • Do I want an active or passive pet?
  • How much of my income can I spend on a pet?
  • Am I a patient person?
  • Why, exactly, do I want a pet?

The pet adoption specialists will be happy to discuss your needs in a pet and match the pet to you and your family.


Welcome and thank you for choosing the Pet Adoption Center to look for a new pet. To view the animals, please take a walk through the adoption center and note the kennel/cage number of any pet you may be interested in adopting. This number will allow the pet adoption specialist to give you information about the pet. Please do not open cages; always ask for assistance.

To ensure the best potential for a successful adoption, some pets may not be adoptable due to illness or other circumstances.

The pet adoption specialists are available in-person or by phone to specifically to help you choose the right pet. They are familiar with animal behavior, basic health care, customer service and human/companion animal bonding. They are pet owners and lovers themselves. Trust them to help you make the right decision - for you and your potential net pet.

The adoption process will take 20 to 30 minutes during which time the adoption specialists will help you:

  • Download and fill out the pre-adoption application (PDF)
  • Select a pet that best fits your interests
  • Understand current laws and regulations

Some breeds or ages of animals may not be suitable for homes with young children. Our staff will discuss these considerations with you.

Animal Adoption Fee
Cats (six months or older) $30
Kittens (younger than six months) $100
Dogs (six months or older) $100 to $250
Puppies (younger than six months) $100 to $250
Rabbits, Small Mammals, Birds Varies by species

The adoption fee includes everything a pet will need for a great start in its new home:

  • King County pet license (if applicable)
  • Microchipping (for cats and dogs)
  • Spay / neuter surgery
  • 30-day trial pet health insurance coverage from Trupanion
  • Initial vaccinations (including rabies if pet is over four months old)
  • Veterinary health exam
  • Collar
  • Carrier (for cats)
  • Leash (for dogs)

In most cases, your pet will already be spayed/neutered. In those cases where surgery cannot be performed, for example for health or age reasons, you can make a special deposit which can be refunded once the surgery is performed. Please have a carrier with you to safely transport your pet home.

Once at home, make your pet comfortable in an enclosed area - the laundry room, bathroom or kitchen. Give your pet time to adjust. Be quiet, calm, loving, and gentle and your pet will come to love and trust you. Keep other pets at a distance for a day or so and let small children get to know the pet gradually.

Teach your pet the house rules from the beginning. Don't scold your pet for chewing your new boots! Be firm and patient - never yell or hit your pet.

It takes two to four weeks for a new pet to adjust to your home and family.

If your pet becomes ill, see a veterinarian immediately. Unfortunately, adoption center pets may not have been vaccinated by their previous owners and they have been exposed to other animals on the streets and in the kennel. Only about 5% of adopted pets develop untreatable illnesses. Early veterinary care can save your pet's life! Please call us if there are any health problems.

If your pet is not sterilized before going home, please notify us as soon as the surgery is done - or if there is a delay due to illness or other reason. All pets must be sterilized by the date on your adoption contract.

Finally, we'll be more than happy to assist you with any problems or concerns - please call us before the problem becomes too big.

Don't expect your pet to be perfect - he/she certainly won't expect you to be.

Be realistic about the time, energy and money you are willing and able to invest in a pet. Are you ready to make this commitment for the lifetime of the animal? Take the time to learn about animal behavior, training techniques ("Rubbing his nose in it" is NOT the best way to train a dog!), pet care and breed characteristics (a Cocker Spaniel may not be the best choice for a home with children). This will help you to make an educated decision about the animal you choose to bring into your home. Planning ahead and making an honest evaluation of your lifestyle will make the adoption of a new pet an enjoyable experience for the both of you!

As has always been the case, our number one goal is to get pets adopted into permanent, loving homes.

King County Executive Dow Constantine

Our Adoption Centers

RASKC

21615 64th Ave. S.

Kent, WA 98032

Mon-Fri: 12 noon - 6 p.m.

Sat-Sun: 12 noon - 5 p.m.

Tel: (206) 296-3936


Eastside Pet Adoption Center

(Inside Kirkland Petco)

12040 NE 85th St.

Kirkland, WA 98033

Seven days a week: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Tel: (425) 406-8081


Adoption Partner Stores

Covington Petco

27111 167th Pl. SE, Ste 113

Covington, WA 98042


Seattle Meowtropolitan

1225 N 45th St

Seattle, WA 98103


Reber Ranch

28606 132nd Ave. SE

Kent, WA 98042


The Whole Cat and Kaboodle

6501 132nd Ave NE

Kirkland, WA 98033


Tukwila Petco

17200 Southcenter Pkwy.

Tukwila, WA 98188

Pet Information Line
206-296-7387 (PETS)

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