How to Adopt a Dog in Seattle: Your Complete Guide

My beagle mix Marzipan and I moved to Seattle in 2010. I’d adopted her the year before from a shelter in central Illinois. The process had been simple—a two-page application, a quick check with my landlord, and a short wait for the pup to be spayed before she came home. Start to finish, it took five days and cost about $150.

Chipper and outgoing, Marzipan introduced me to new friends right away. Dog people like to share their adoption stories, and I like hearing them. And WOW was I was surprised and impressed with the variety of ways that dog adoption happens in Seattle! Formosan Mountain Dogs? High-kill shelter refugees from Texas? $700 adoption fees? We’re not in Illinois anymore, Marzipan.

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