Second Pet Adoption Center opens in Kirkland


From left: Gregory Surface, District Manager, Petco; Dr. Gene Mueller, Manager, Regional Animal Services of King County; Petco mascots Blue Mews and Red Ruff; King County Executive Dow Constantine; Kirkland Councilmember Shelley Kloba ​

On June 13, Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) opened a second Pet Adoption Center. The new Eastside facility is located inside the Kirkland Petco. Since the grand opening, about 50 pets have been adopted from the Eastside center.

“This translates to a quarter of our total adoptions during this time period,” said RASKC Operational Manager, Glynis Frederiksen.

Seven years ago, only 45 percent of animals in King County shelters were being adopted or returned to their homes. Now the rate of adoption or return in King County is 85 percent.

Last summer, the Pet Adoption Center in Kent took part in the ASPCA $100K Challenge, competing with other shelters around the nation to promote pet adoptions. As a result of the Challenge, RASKC received a grant from ASPCA.

RASKC13%20kittenThe Petco Foundation noticed this success and gave a grant that made it possible to open the new Eastside adoption center. RASKC was the only publicly-owned animal shelter to receive a Petco grant.

“Opening this Eastside Pet Adoption Center makes it so many times more convenient for residents of Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, and other cities to adopt a new furry friend,” Executive Dow Constantine said at the adoption center’s grand opening.

The adoption center will be staffed from 1-6 p.m., seven days a week. Find out more about RASKC or donate here.