Bella and Luna were the most popular names for pet dogs and cats in 2018 in King County.
In honor of the holiday season – when many families will add an adorable animal family member – Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn and Regional Animal Services of King County (RASCK) released their annual list of the top names for dogs and cats.
“Our furry friends are as much a part of our families as we are,” said Dunn in a media release. “This year I encourage everyone with a pet to make sure you license them – it protects them and helps keep our animal shelters running.”
“Pet licensing helps return lost pets to owners more quickly, and just as importantly, it provides shelter pets with the resources needed to give them a deserving second chance,” said Tim Anderson, RASKC acting manager. “Last year we celebrated a remarkable pet-save rate of 92 percent and had a banner year for pet adoptions! When pets are registered, it’s easier to protect them.”
If a licensed pet is lost, the finder can call the phone number on the pet’s tag – a service that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to quickly reunite them with their owner. Pets receive a free ride home the first time they’re found, allowing owners to skip a trip to the shelter. Pet licenses also help fund RASKC and the important work it does.
You can purchase pet licenses online, or at more than 70 convenient locations around the county, including many city halls and QFC stores. Learn more at Regional Animal Service of King County’s website, kingcounty.gov/pets.
This year, King County residents have registered 66,721 dogs and 27,432 cats. Despite the rivalry between cat-lovers and dog-lovers, pet owners found some common ground this year with six of the top 10 names appearing on both lists. The list is derived from pet license applications submitted to RASKC, which serves nearly one million residents living in 24 cities and unincorporated communities throughout King County.
2018’s top pet names