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IMAGE: A volunteer with Pasados Safe Haven coaxes a dog to safety in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in September 2005. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

IMAGE: A volunteer with Pasados Safe Haven coaxes a dog to safety in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in September 2005. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

Hello Readers!
A quick check in. Animal News Northwest on a brief hiatus while we work on a couple long term projects. Stay tuned for our upcoming explanatory piece on Pets and Cannabis – what you need to know about the law, the marketplace and what’s best for your pets’ health – to be published in partnership with this fall.
We’re also looking for a developer to help us replace our NewsWire. If you know anyone please give us call.
See you soon!
Karen Ducey, publisher


Animal News Northwest is an independently owned news organization reporting on animal related news and issues in the Pacific Northwest. Through original stories, photos and multimedia our mission is to empower individuals and communities with the knowledge and tools they need to spark conversation and effect public policy.

We adhere to the highest journalistic standards of fairness, accuracy and extensive research. Animal News Northwest has been honored the past two years by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) with a collection of first place awards.

This year we received 1st place in the visuals category for portraits and social issue (singles) among all publications in the Northwest region including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. We also received two writing awards: 1st place for the second year in row in the Short Feature Story category among daily print and online small publications and a second place for government and politics reporting.

Animals Northwest is a part of the Animal News Network SPC registered as a Social Purpose Corporation in Washington state.

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Help us out

Original, in-depth reporting is expensive to produce.  If you would like to make a donation or sponsor a story please email us at  Our current goal is to redesign this website into an interactive community town hall featuring an extensive resource list, guides, and tools for sharing information and promote civic engagement.

If you would like to join our team please email us at


Photojournalist Karen Ducey founded Animal News Northwest in 2014.  A portfolio of her work can be viewed at  Photos are distributed through

Ducey has worked at major news organizations across the country for the past 20 years. Her freelance work has been published around the globe including The Guardian, Los Angeles Times,, the New York Times, Marketplace radio, GEO, the Washington Post and the Seattle Times. Most recently she was a staff photojournalist at the Puget Sound Business Journal and Seattle Post-Intelligencer where her work received multiple national honors. In 2011 she was awarded a fellowship at the Knight News Entrepreneurs Bootcamp.

Currently she is President of the Blue Earth Alliance, a non-profit supporting documentary photographers and filmmakers worldwide through fiscal sponsorships and an annual two day conference. She also serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists – Western Washington chapter and is organizing a Town Hall Seattle panel on independent news publishers.

Ducey first became involved in animal protection issues in 2005 when she the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans shooting pictures and reporting nightly for Pasados’ Safe Haven. The group saved over 1,000 animals. Since then she has reported extensively on animal legislation, welfare issues and cruelty cases, community feature stories and breaking news.

For editorial and commercial contract work please inquire at karen – at –