Kent animal shelter's new name reflects emphasis on adoption

Kent animal shelter's new name reflects emphasis on adoption

Kent animal shelter's new name reflects emphasis on adoption

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 15 at 1:12 PM

Regional Animal Services of King County has a new name - the King County Pet Adoption Center.

“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,” 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 said just a few years ago, more than 40 percent of the animals that arrived there were euthanized.

"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," said Constantine. "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.”

Two new modular buildings are now being installed at the KCPAC. When finished, the additional space will be used to house animals that are sick or injured while they recover.

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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