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Relinquishment process & Stray Pets

relinquishment process

While many of our rescue animals come from high-volume shelters around the country, we also occasionally consider local relinquishments on a case-by-case basis, provided space and resources allow. However, at this time we are not currently accepting relinquishments.

There are also many shelters in the Seattle area that accept local relinquishments or may be able to assist in another way. Note that some of the shelters on the following list are not "no-kill" facilities. Please reach out to the individual shelters to learn their save rates, policies, and procedures. 

Kitsap Humane Society
(360) 692-6977

Auburn Valley Humane
(253) 249-7849

Humane Society for Tacoma-Pierce County
(253) 383-2733

Homeward Pet Adoption Center
(425) 488-4444

Seattle Humane 
(425) 641-0080

Meow Cat Rescue
(425) 822-6369

PAWS Companion Animal Shelter
(425) 787-2500

PAWS Cat City
(206) 782-1700

Purrfect Pals
(360) 652-9611

Regional Animal Services of King County
(206) 296-7387

Seattle Area Feline Rescue
(206) 659-6220

Seattle Animal Shelter
(206) 386-7387

stray pets

Emerald City Pet Rescue, along with other private rescues, cannot take in stray animals. By law, stray animals must be taken to your local area animal control. Animals found within Seattle limits should be taken to:

Seattle Animal Shelter 
2061 15th Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119

For more information on what to do when you have found a stray pet, please visit or call Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-7387.

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