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Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Counting critters at the Everett Animal Shelter

  • Loni Fitzgerald recognizes her long-lost cat, Clair, when she arrives at the Everett Animal Shelter in December. The cat had been missing for a year.

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Loni Fitzgerald recognizes her long-lost cat, Clair, when she arrives at the Everett Animal Shelter in December. The cat had been missing for a year.

The city of Everett operates Snohomish County's sole public animal shelter. The Everett Animal Shelter also serves the county and other cities. Its mission is to get adoptable animals into good homes and educate folks about spaying, neutering and micro-chipping pets. What animals come in, and what happens to them?

The great majority of animals housed at the shelter are dogs and cats, followed by small mammals (guinea pigs, mice, rats, etc.) and domestic birds. Also housed are rabbits and reptiles -- and the occasional tarantula, ram or pig.

In 2012, about one quarter of all the animals that arrived were adopted -- an outcome that people at the shelter like to call "tails out the door."

Last year, the rate of cases that ended in euthanasia declined to 28 percent.

The city's animal services budget for 2012 was $1.3 million. That covers the shelter and animal control.

The department has 14 full-time employees and some part-timers. The shelter, along Smith Island Road, spans 19,000 square feet.

More than 300 people volunteer there. They work inside and outside the building, said Shannon Delgado, city animal services manager.

"They come together for us and help us out," she said. Volunteers logged 21,000 hours in 2012.

The shelter's primary expenses are staffing and supplies.

The shelter always needs donations. Needs vary by season and animal population. For more information, call 1-425-257-6000 ext. 5 or visit, which generally includes a current-needs list.

The Herald often posts photo galleries of animals up for adoption at the Everett Animal Shelter. See those at

Everett Animal Shelter intakes

Misc. mammals189279201669
Bird, domestic663486186
Bird, wild13372777
Wolf hybrid2125


Everett Animal Shelter outcomes

Transferred to another facility1,0691,2151,6293,913
Returned to owner9088168282,552
Dead on arrival131132197460
Temporary care1192545
Wildlife released73313
Source: City of Everett

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