King County veterinarians have recently reported a spike in parvovirus cases in area dogs. Parvo is a potentially deadly virus that is extremely contagious. Symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, fever and diarrhea. The virus is extremely hardy and can survive in contaminated soil for over a year.
Puppies who have not received their full schedule of vaccinations are the most vulnerable to parvo. Veterinarians recommend vaccinations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age, a booster at one year and boosters every three years thereafter.
Shoreline Off-Leash Dog Areas are open, but pet owners are encouraged to make sure their dog’s vaccinations are up to date. If your dog shows any of the symptoms of Parvo, please seek veterinary care and keep them at home
Shoreline animal control regulations are codified as Title 6 of the Shoreline Municipal Code.
These regulations require that any dog or cat eight (8) weeks or older must have a King County pet license. The regulations also require that animals must be on leash when not on their owner’s property or in a designated off-leash dog area. Owners must also pick-up after their animals when not on the owner’s property.
Owners should also be aware that all dogs and cats six (6) months of age or older must be vaccinated against rabies. To vaccinate your dog or cat against rabies, speak to your local licensed veterinarian.
For regulations regarding the number, type, and species of animals that are allowed in Shoreline and the standards in which animals must kept, refer to Shoreline Development Code section 20.40.240. In addition to these regulations, it is unlawful to possess exotic animals within the City of Shoreline, which are defined as venomous snakes, non-human primates, bears, non-domesticated felines, non-domesticated canines, and the order crocodylia. The City has also created guidelines about the keeping of Backyard Chickens.
Animal Control services in Shoreline are provided by King County Regional Animal Services. On July 1, 2010, Shoreline entered into a new Interlocal Agreement for these services with King County. For information on Animal Control services, to find a lost pet, help a stray animal, or to report other animal control related issues, please contact the King County Regional Animal Services Call Center at (206) 296-PETS (7387) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information may also be accessed on King County's Regional Animal Services website, including Frequently Asked Questions.
Animal Control field officers respond to the following requests:
- vicious animal complaints
- cruelty investigations
- animal bites
- injured animal rescues
- "dead-on-arrival" livestock/cats/dogs
- police department calls for assistance
- aggressive or sick animal pick-up
If you are experiencing a life-threatening animal-related emergency, call 9-1-1. Lower priority calls, including, but not limited to, non-emergent high priority events, patrol requests, trespass, stray dog/cat, barking dog, leash law violation, trap request, and confined animal notification will be responded to by call center staff over the telephone, referral to other resources, or by dispatch of an Animal Control field officer as necessary or available.
Shoreline Animal Control and Park Code Enforcement Officers also strictly enforce leash laws in City Parks and throughout the City. If you witness any off-leash activity outside of designated off-leash areas
, please contact contact the King County Regional Animal Services Call Center at (206) 296-PETS (7387).
Although Animal Control Officers will utilize the King County Animal Shelter on behalf of Shoreline residents on occasion, Shoreline's primary Animal Shelter is operated by PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society). PAWS is located in the City of Lynnwood about 20 minutes north of Shoreline, just off of Highway 99.
15305 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98087
Tel (425) 787-2500
Fax (425) 742-5711
Mon: Closed for adoptions (Open for lost and found services from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Tue: Noon – 6 p.m.
Wed: Noon – 6 p.m.
Thu: Noon – 7 p.m.
Fri: Noon – 7 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information about the PAWS sheltering program or to adopt a pet from PAWS, please see the PAWS Shelter website.