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Image: Krystallynn Delp, 7, cares for Curious George, an eight-week-old kitten with her grandfather, Bob Delp and his dog Mamma at Mary’s Place Guest Rooms. Mary's Place Guest Rooms provide transitional housing for families including those with pets. The family had previously been sleeping in their van and say they wouldn't have gone to a shelter if they weren't allowed to bring their pets. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

In this homeless shelter, pets are part of the family

This story is co-published with Crosscut On a quiet afternoon in downtown Seattle, an old, worn-out three-story building bursts with laughter. A tortoise has appeared in the hallway and children bolt out of the dining room, abandoning their dinner to come see it. The tortoise has just stolen the limelight from Curious George, an 8-week-old […]

IMAGE: Larry Washington gives his little puppy, Rebound, a big kiss after her vet exam at the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic in Seattle. Washington who is living in an apartment says he just got her two weeks ago from a friend whose dog had puppies. "Now," he says "I don't know what I'd do without her. I’m watching her every second of the day. She’s like my baby. (© Karen Ducey/ Animal News Northwest)

At the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic who’s healing who?

  Seattle- Deep in the gritty heart of Pioneer Square under the long shadow of glassy black skyscrapers and steel construction cranes in this growing metropolitan city, the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic performs a unique service every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Funded by donors, the clinic offers free pet supplies, basic veterinary […]

Animal News Northwest wins top journalism honors

Animal News Northwest was honored with three first place awards and a second place award during the Northwest Excellence in Journalism gala on Saturday night sponsored by Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Pro Chapter. News publications across our region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington were represented. In the Visuals category photojournalist and […]

IMAGE: The doors and windows are closed at night while See My Magic, a 13 year-old Tennessee walking Horse, stands in his stall in Roy, Washington on March 27, 2016. A week later a horse trailer drove up and took him away. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

Horse locked in stall disappears. Animal control, owner stay silent

Have you Seen My Magic? The 13 year-old Tennessee Walking Horse named See My Magic whose handling outraged horse lovers around the world, was calmly loaded into a trailer behind a pickup truck and driven to an undisclosed location last week on the morning of April 4th, neighbors report. Pierce County Animal Control, which has […]

IMAGE: Chai, a 37 year-old female elephant, is mechanically hoisted up after going down and not being able to lift herself up at the Oklahoma City Zoo on December 18, 2015. She had lost over 1,000 pounds in 8 months before dying in a state of emaciation. In this image her spine is protruding. (hand out image from Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants)

Chai suffered, documents show. Seattle advocates want answers

One of Seattle’s most beloved zoo animals, Chai, a 37-year-old female Asian elephant, suffered for months before her January death at the Oklahoma City Zoo, said a Seattle advocacy group after reviewing medical documents provided by Oklahoma City. Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants are now calling on the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical […]

IMAGE: See My Magic, a Tennessee Walking Horse, has been locked up for years in his stall in Roy, Wash. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

See My Magic: From a life in high heels to a life behind bars

  If only you could See My Magic. Chances are, you probably never will. Hidden under tall pines surrounding a little blue barn in rural Western Washington, See My Magic, a 13-year-old, chestnut-colored Tennessee Walking Horse stands alone in high heels, waiting, perpetually, for anything. From his little window covered with white metal bars, he […]

IMAGE: Caitlin Hamilton, age 24, gives her dog Hanai, a 17 month-old Boxer, a big kiss on the sidewalk on University Avenue in Seattle, Wash. Hamilton has been living on the street for eight years. She found Hanai on Craig's List when she was in Montana. A seven month old puppy at the time, he had a dislocated shoulder, a fractured elbow, and atrophied leg on his left side which she later had amputated. Veterinary clinic, Companion Pet, performed the $1,200 surgery free of charge. Hanai is certified as an emotional support animal for Hamilton who was brutally assaulted four years ago.

You Are My Home: Street pets and their peeps

There are shelters for dogs and shelters for people, but in King County, Washington there are no public shelters for both. Where do homeless people with pets go? Critics argue people unable to take care of themselves cannot take care of a pet, but advocates say many people, hungry, will feed a pet before they […]

IMAGE: Yvonne Devereaux of Seattle reacts after finding a monumental street sign with her dog Louisa’s name on it in New Orleans. Devereaux volunteered with Pasado’s Safe Haven after Hurricane Katrina, caring for hundreds of animals in 2005. One of the dogs got to come home with her. Devereaux named her Louisa, short for Lousiana and later found out she had actually been rescued from Louisa Street. Louisa passed away last year. This September, Devereaux returned to New Orleans to spread Louisa’s ashes. “I didn’t have anything planned,” she said. “I just hoped to find the right spot somewhere on Louisa Street.” Somehow we ended up here. This beautiful park. It has to be the mojo.” In 2010 Devereaux went on to found Lady’s Hope Dog Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding new homes for neglected pitbulls. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Reconnecting with Katrina

NEW ORLEANS — Ten years ago, hundreds of animal lovers from around the country couldn’t bear the sight of thousands of stranded and distressed pets on the evening news in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Forced to flee floodwaters after a levee breach, many residents of New Orleans were evacuated and ordered to leave their […]

IMAGE: The sun sets over a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus truck outside the Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash. on October 4, 2015. Ringling Bros. announced it would not be returning to the Pacific Northwest for at least a couple of years. (photo Karen Ducey photography).

Bye Bye circus: Ringling Bros. shuts the curtain on the Pacific Northwest

Everett– If you missed the circus this weekend it may be years before you get to see it again. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced last week it will not to return to the Pacific Northwest for at least a couple years according to a company spokesman. This was welcome news to animal advocates […]

Image: Activists protest the building of a new animal underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015. (photo Karen Ducey photography).

Activists march on UW to urge halt of animal lab

Seattle, WA – Hundreds turned out to protest construction of a new animal research facility on the University of Washington campus today, October 2, in Seattle. The controversial 80,000 square foot, $124 million, two-story lab is being built underground at site at 1450 NE Boat St. in Seattle, WA. by Skanska USA. Considered a state […]

IMAGE: Riders and horses race down a steep slope during the Omak Stampede World Famous Suicide Race in Omak, Wash. on Sunday, August 15, 2015. (photo by Karen Ducey)

Two horses die in Omak Suicide Race

OMAK, Wash. — Two horses died during this year’s World Famous Suicide Race at the Omak Stampede. The controversial race held immediately after the four-day Omak Stampede rodeo has been an important event for Native Americans in northeastern Washington for the past 80 years. Mad Max, ridden by Fran Marchand and owned by his father, […]

IMAGE: David C. Williford appeared in Pierce County court facing nine counts of sexually assaulting minors. Bail was set for $100,000. In February he was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty in Thurston County for torturing, starving and killing animals he found on Craig's List. (Photo © Karen Ducey)

Accused animal abuser charged with sexual abuse of children

TACOMA, Wash. – A man from Thurston County recently accused of brutally beating and slaughtering animals he found on craigslist, pleaded not guilty Monday to nine counts of sexually assaulting minors. David Christopher Williford, 27, of Olympia, did not speak at his arraignment in a Pierce County courthouse. Bail is set at $100,000. Williford was […]

IMAGE: A greyhound fresh off the truck is comforted by a volunteer as he takes in his surroundings at Greyhound Pets, Inc. in Woodinville, WA. (Photo © Karen Ducey)

The Midnight Run

28 retired racing greyhounds enter rescue under the light of a solstice moon Woodinville, Wash. — On the shortest night of the year, under a single light in a parking lot, 28 greyhounds arrive in a custom trailer after a long journey across the country from Florida racetracks. The truck that brought them here June […]

IMAGE: Runaway Ray is comforted by Mary Kate Fowler and friends after being loaded into a trailer to take him back to her home in Lake Bay, Wash. on May 9, 2015. Ray had been sent to a public livestock auction by Pierce County Animal Control two weeks after Fowler reported finding him wandering the streets. Her requests to adopt him were denied. Pierce County Animal Control said once a pony or horse is under their control, by law, it must go to auction. The pony sold for a whopping $625 at auction. Typically a pony of ray's age would go for between $50-$100. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Rescue Pony Auctioned for a Pretty Penny

Enumclaw: WA – One month and almost $2,500 later, Runaway Ray is finally back where he started – in the hands of the loving family who found him. What should have been a done deal – a lost pony gets lucky and finds a new owner – turned into an expensive, emotional and time consuming […]

IMAGE: Gov. Jay Inslee shakes paws with Waffles after signing Substitute Senate Bill No. 5501, May 11, 2015 relating to the prevention of animal cruelty. (© Washington State Legislative Support Services)

Washington state animals breathe sigh of relief

Olympia, WA – You’d think a proposed law involving pets trapped in hot cars or animal fighting would sail right through the legislative process. But it was a long uphill climb for animal control officers and prosecutors hoping to get tough on animal abusers in Washington state. The Prevention to Animal Cruelty bill, SSB5501, put […]

Governor Inslee to sign animal cruelty prevention bill today

Thinking about locking your pet in the car while you go shopping?  Better think again. A new law strengthens the state’s animal cruelty bill making it possible for law enforcement officers to give you $125 ticket. Olympia, WA – Washington state Governor Jay Inslee is expected to sign into law today, May 11th, a stronger […]

rom left to right: Diane Stratton,Champion Drive 4H Leader; Chance Lee, 5 from Quincy, Wash.; Alex McGee, 14, from Lakeridge Middle School with his lamb named after his friend sitting next to him, John; John Wiles, 14, also from Lakeridge Middle School, with his lamb named after his friend, Alex; wait to show their lams in the auction ring at the Junior Livestock Show at the Washington State Spring Fair on April 19, 2015. Students in the FFA and 4H programs participate in the auction of livestock including steers, lambs and hogs in the Northwest Junior Livestock Show at the Washington State Spring Fair in Puyallup, Wash. on April 19, 2015. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

The Hardest Day: Students say goodbye at the Northwest Junior Livestock Show

Puyallup, WA – Many consumers give little thought when picking up a piece of meat at the grocery store. Wrapped in cellophane it has no smell, no blood, no life. Vegans and vegetarians will tell you not to eat it because it’s unhealthy and harmful to animals. Carnivores will tell you should eat it for […]

IMAGE: Aubrie Keegan (center) and Meadow Holtby (right), both from Whidbey Island, Wash., protest the construction of a new $125 million underground animal research lab at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. on April 25, 2015. "This cruelty needs to be stopped. Now. Not one more life," said Holtby. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Hundreds rally against UW animal lab

Seattle, WA – Hundreds from the group No New Animal Lab protested construction of a new animal research lab on the University of Washington campus today. The controversial 80,000 square foot, $124 million, two-story lab is being built underground at site at 1450 NE Boat St. in Seattle, WA. by Skanska USA. Considered a state […]

A steer waits it's turn to be shown at the Northwest Junior Livestock Show at the Washington State Spring Fair in Puyallup, Washington on April 16-17, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

4H and FFA Kids show animals at the Spring Fair

Puyallup, WA – Students from the Future Farmers of America and 4H showed their animals at the Northwest Junior Livestock Show at the Washington State Spring Fair in Puyallup, Washington from April 15-20, 2015. Most of them have been caring for their animals for the past six months. They are judged by how much they’ve […]