Changing management of animal services sees giant leap in adoptions


Gracy is one of a several dogs available at RASKC.

On Wednesday Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) celebrated an impressive feat: reducing the County’s shelter euthanasia rate for dogs and cats to 12 percent, down from 40 in 2008.

King County Executive Dow Constantine met with animal welfare advocates at a Petco in Kirkland to commend the dramatic turnaround. The store has partnered with RASKC to showcase animals that are available for adoption, and has helped increase outreach and awareness to the overall community.

“The people of King County want to know that every cat and dog has a safe, loving home; that every animal is cared for,” said Executive Constantine in a media release. “I am proud that King County has created a model of compassionate, humane animal services that is setting the standard for the nation.”

The event was covered in various King County news outlets, including The Seattle Times and the Kent Reporter.