Some extremely disappointing news from Olympia: on Wednesday evening (2/14), the cutoff for bills to be voted out of their houses of origin passed. Two bills that we were strongly supporting: SSB 5094, which would end dog breed discrimination, and SB 6268 the Orca Protection Act, both failed to receive a vote.
It is always difficult to see good measures stall on procedure instead of merit, but we are undeterred and will continue to press these critical animal welfare issues in Olympia.
Thank you to all of you who reached out to your legislators, came to Humane Lobby Day and share in our efforts to protect all animals in Washington state. We cannot do this without your support.
Sign up today for Humane Lobby Day in Olympia on February 6th!!!
Before you completely turn your attention to holiday festivities, please take a quick, urgent action to safeguard the progress you and HSUS have made for animals nationwide. A federal bill introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that could wipe out a multitude of laws protecting dogs in puppy mills, farm animals, horses, and other animals, may move in the next few weeks. Click here to take action. For more information, visit www.humanesociety.org/protectstatelaws. This may be the single biggest threat animals have ever faced in Congress, so please share this alert with friends and family. Thanks!
Breaking: HSUS has found that current Bear Timber Damage hunts violates state law and have requested WDFW halt the Program and utilize a collaborative effort involving input from stakeholders and the public to develop a sound process for addressing any timber damage caused by bears.
123. That is the number of pets that Mud Bay helped us save this weekend! Thank you Mud Bay for joining HSUS, Wings of Rescue and The Sato project in saving homeless pets from Puerto Rico. We could not have done it without you!
Have you shopped at Mud Bay for your pets? Check out the amazing products they have available here: http://mudbay.com/
It’s Cyber Monday! When doing your online shopping don’t forget about your local animal shelter or rescue!
There are great sales on enrichment toys, blankets, treats and food. If your shelter or rescue group does not have a wish list, give them a buzz and ask what they need!
Receiving a box of safe toys for the animals boosts staff morale and creates lots of fun for homeless pets....
BREAKING NEWS: The House Foreign Affairs committee has passed H.Res.401 out of committee! H.Res 401 urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against such trade. This is a major step in putting an end to the horrific dog and cat meat trade!
Amazing story out of Puerto Rico- thank you to our wonderful HSUS colleagues and our amazing friends at Seattle Humane.
Rafael looked after 8 Sato dogs (street pets) in his home town of Moca, Puerto Rico for more than two and a half years before the hurricanes hit. He and his dau...ghter drove 3 hours in a torrential downpour to try and bring the dogs to safety at the Humane Society of Puerto Rico only to discover that the shelter was flooded and many of the animals had perished.
They returned home with the dogs where shortly after Rafael was forced to leave Puerto Rico to be with family in Chicago in order to obtain medical care for his declining health. Rafael left his home terrified not knowing if the dogs would ever get to safety. Thanks to the effort of his family and friends who coordinated with All Sato Rescue and The Humane Society of the United States, Rafael’s 8 dogs made it onto the plane that arrived safely in Seattle Sunday night.
This afternoon our team coordinated with his family to video call Rafael so he could see his beloved “children” again. Sati, Chocolate, Oso, Toño, Pepe, Canela, Rocky, and Toby wagged their tails in delight when they heard his voice. Rafael and his family cried tears of joy and thanked us endlessly for helping them get the dogs to safety, and find them loving homes.
Our staff and volunteers are working quickly to get these pets checked in as we know you're all eager to meet them. Please follow us closely for adoption updates and check seattlehumane.org starting next Tuesday for available pets.
Meet Jogly. He is one of the over 1400 pets transported by the HSUS from Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Having just left a warm tropical climate, imagine his surprise when he stepped off the plane to a cold front in Virginia! Don’t worry Jogly; you landed in the right place because the Loudon County Animal Shelter team was prepared with warm sweaters and warm hearts!
Thanks to the Loudon crew and all of the HSUS Emergency Placement Partners working... to get our new Puerto Rican friends acclimated to fall weather!
If you would like to meet Jogly please visit the Loudon County Animal Shelter. He is ready for a forever home……with a fireplace!
Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!
Poaching is real and prevalent in WA and we need to ensure that WDFW Enforcement has the support and funding to combat this heinous crime. Make sure your state legislators know that we expect them to fund WDFW beyond just the hunting and fishing departments. Our wildlife is depending on it!
Hi friends, we need your voices to speak out against horse slaughter and keep the plants shuttered in the US. We do NOT want horse slaughter funded with American tax dollars nor do we want this grisly industry back on American soil. If you live in Representative Reichert (WA-8) or Heck's (WA-10) Districts, please contact their offices ASAP. Thank you!
Seattle Humane is offering up to $5,000 in rewards leading to the arrest and conviction of the animal abuser linked to the death of a stolen cat from a Shorelin...e animal shelter found on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
Please contact King County Sheriff's Office with information at 206-296-3311. Reference: Shoreline Cat Incident.
**The reward will be issued when information leads to the arrest and conviction of animal abuser. These funds are provided by Seattle Humane's Reward Fund.
ACTION ALERT! Endangered Species Threatened
Today (Tuesday)- the House Natural Resources Committee is considering several bills that will gut the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and tomorrow (Wednesday) they'll be voting on them. The bills provide a handout to polar bear trophy hunters, open millions of acres of federal public lands to painful steel-jawed leghold traps, and strip ESA protections from wolves and captive foreign species like elephants, tigers, lions, leopards, rhinos, and chimpanzees.
Please call your U.S. Representative as soon as possible and urge him/her to vote NO on all the bills being considering by the House Natural Resources Committee today and tomorrow. Find your Representative’s number here. http://action.humanesociety.org/site/PageServer…. #StopExtinction
Big thanks to Q13 FOX as well! These are great dogs that are so lucky to find forever homes in Washington.
More great coverage from KOMO News. Thank you for getting the word out on these wonderful dogs!