King County increased the pet adoption rate by a record 20 percent in a single year

The record is the result of several strategies, including partnering with cafes and pet stores to make it easier to adopt cats.

From a press release:

Executive Dow Constantine this week thanked the staff and volunteers at King County’s animal services division for increasing the pet adoption rate by a record 20 percent in a single year, building on the successful transformation of regional animal services.

The latest milestone is the result of several strategies, including partnering with cafes and pet stores to make it easier to adopt cats, starting a new dog playgroup to help staff and volunteers better assess a dog’s behavior, revamping the volunteer program, and significantly increasing the number of pets that are licensed.

“Thanks to outstanding work by our staff and volunteers, we are delivering on the promise I made to the people of King County to set a new standard of excellence in humane animal care,” said Executive Constantine. “Our latest achievement – a record-setting increase in the number of pets that are adopted – demonstrates our unyielding commitment to continuous improvement.”

For more information, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2018/April/12-pet-adoption-rate.aspx.

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