Kent animal shelter now King County Pet Adoption Center
August 15, 2011 · Updated 4:56 PM
The Kent animal shelter is now the King County Pet Adoption Center.
The change was announced by King County Executive Dow Constantine.
“The new name for our facility, King County Pet Adoption Center, more accurately reflects who we are and what we do here," said Constantine in a Aug. 12 media release. "As has always been the case, our No. 1 goal is to get pets adopted into permanent, loving homes.”
Regional Animal Services of King County operates the facility at 21615 64th Ave. S. The county contracts with 27 cities, including Kent, to run animal services.
Constantine said adoption and foster programs have lowered the center's euthanasia rate.
“Sadly, just a few years ago, more than 40 percent of the animals that came here were euthanized,” Constantine said. “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. 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.”
Crews also are installing two new modular buildings at the Kent site. 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 from 3-6 p.m. Monday; noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, go to www.kingcounty.gov/pets.