Seattle Animal Shelter reminds pet owners to watch out for spring heat

Now that it is officially spring, and with more hot weather on the way, Seattle Animal Shelter is reminding pet owners to exercise good judgment and use common sense when it comes to protecting their pets.

As many homes in the Northwest aren’t equipped with air conditioning due to our normally moderate climate, people leave their windows wide open during warm weather. The fresh air is essential to you and your pets, but be aware of the enticement and danger an open, screen less window can pose for cats.

“Make sure your window screens are secure, especially on second floors and above,” said Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan.

Jordan also warned pet owners against leaving animals in vehicles.

“It’s not worth the risk. Cars in direct sunlight can reach fatal temperatures within just a few minutes,” he said. “Even on a 70-degree day, cars left in the sun can turn into lethal ovens, and, with the movement of the sun, cars originally left in the shade can soon be in direct sunlight.”

A Washington state law that went into effect last year makes it a violation just to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle or enclosed space, if the animal could be harmed or killed by exposure to excessive heat or cold, lack of ventilation or lack of water.

Penalties under this law are in addition to potential animal cruelty charges. Jordan said that the shelter’s humane law enforcement officers responding to calls about animals left in hot cars will utilize all means necessary to access vehicles to remove the animals.

The Seattle Animal Shelter offers the following tips for protecting pets during hot weather:

  • Never leave your animal tethered or kenneled in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide access to plenty of cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open the screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked vehicle. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting. Vinyl, leather and even cloth seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water. If a trip requires you leave your pet in the car at any point, think about saving that for another day. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but obesity, old age, underlying disease and previous bouts of heat stroke can predispose an animal to the condition.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

If you see an animal that may be in need of assistance, or if you have questions, contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-7387 (PETS).

Information is also available online.

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy a sunny weekend in Ballard at these great events!

FRIDAY, April 8

  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
      • 7 p.m. Carrie Wicks and Aria Prame duets as Nightingale – $10 cover
      • 9 p.m. Me and Jesse – David Arteaga (vocals) and Jesse Sullivan (guitar) – $10 cover
    • Bluesy Folk Rock: Jackie Greene with The Suitcase Junket at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $22.
    • Wild Powwers, The Young Evils and Pleasures at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.


  • Ballard Corners Park Spring Work Party at 17th Ave NW and NW 63rd St from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. rain or shine. Volunteers are needed, please bring gardening tools and gloves if you have them.
  • Movie Matinee at Magnolia Library (2801 34th Ave W) from 2 p.m. Screening of WALL-E. Popcorn will be provided and the event is free.
  • Live Music
    • Piano Rock: Marco Benevento “The Story of Fred Short” Album Release Show at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • Dudely Manlove Quartet at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
      • 7 p.m. The Whateverly Brothers – $7 cover
      • 9 p.m. 6th Annual Phil Ochs Tribute and fundraiser for the Independent Farmworkers Union – $10 suggested donation

SUNDAY, April 10

Volunteers needed for Ballard Corners work party

Volunteers are needed for the Spring work party at Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW and NW 63rd St) this Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. rain or shine.

The team will be preparing the plants for spring, weeding, pruning, spreading woodchip mulch, and cleaning up debris.

“Many hands make light (and lighthearted!) work and anyone who is interested is encouraged attend,” says organizer Gabriella.

Volunteers will be provided with some tools and refreshments. Please bring your own gloves and tools if you have them.

To find out more email Gabriella at or call (206) 782-3238.

Throwback Thursday: Ballard streets then and now

Our friend Sue over at the Vintage West Woodland blog featured some “then and now” photos of Ballard streets and we wanted to share them with our readers in today’s Throwback Thursday post.

The below photos show a “then and now” view of the area surrounding 1148 NW 54th Street. Originally, Ballard Street Department Barn Number 4 called this address home and can be seen in the below photo, dated 1914.


According to Vintage West Woodland, Street Department Barns were used to house horses, wagons, and tools needed to build the boulevards and byways in our growing city. Piles of muddy planks can be seen in the above photo that may have been pulled from one of Ballard’s muddy lanes.

Sue reports that planked sidewalks and roadways could be seen in our neighborhood until the 1930s, when “large scale paving efforts began in the neighborhood.”

These days, the same address looks wildly different and is home to the back of the recently constructed Koi Apartments (shown in the below photo taken this year).


Thanks again Sue for the photos and the fascinating information.

Norwegian Ladies Chorus to celebrate 80 years of Nordic song

The Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a spring concert this Sunday, April 10, at 3:00 pm at  Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St).

The Seattle Norwegian Male Chorus will also join in the celebrations and will sing several selections during the concert. Sissel and Friends will also play a selection of Scandinavian dance music.

Refreshments will be available following the concert and will include marzipan cake, homemade dessert, punch, and coffee.

The Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle was founded by Dr. August Werner, a Norwegian-born professor of music at the University of Washington, in 1936. Dr. Werner wanted to provide Seattle’s newly immigrated Norwegian and Norwegian-American women with an important link with their heritage and culture.

The chorus (pictured below) first performed on September 4, 1936, at a reception held at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel in Seattle during the Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association’s annual Sangerfest concert. Gertrude Werner, Dr. Werner’s wife, directed the chorus from 1937 until her death in 1958 when Dr. Werner again became director.

norwegian choir 80th

Under Dr. Werner’s direction, the chorus performed regularly and established an extensive music library including many pieces he personally arranged in Norwegian.

These days, the chorus has approximately 30 active members, ranging from first to third generation Norwegian-Americans, as well as Seattleites who have a passion for Norway.

Julie Svendsen is the current director with Janelle Murray as the accompanist.  Rehearsals are held weekly from September through May on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Leif Erikson Lodge, Norna Room.

This Spring’s concert is set to be a special celebration of such an important part of Ballard’s cultural history.

Admission to the concert is by a suggested donation of $10.


Local voters will soon receive Special Election ballots

King County Elections mailed out ballots yesterday, April 6, to all registered voters in King County for the April 26 Special Election.

“Every vote is a part of the decision making process that impacts all of us,” saysJulie Wise, Director of King County Elections. “It’s important to vote in every election and return your ballot as early as possible.”

This special election includes 11 ballot measures and King County Elections expect a turnout of 29 percent for this election.

All voters will receive a voters’ pamphlet with all measures in this election. Ballots will include only the measures for which a voter is eligible to vote.

Voters should read and follow directions on their ballots, sign the return envelope, and get ballots back before the April 26 election day deadline. Mailed ballots need a first-class stamp. Voters in Ballard can also return their ballots to the drop box at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) by 8 p.m. on April 26.

If you are not yet registered and wish to do so you have until April 18 at 4:30 p.m. to register in person at King County Elections offices (500 4th Ave (Room 440) Seattle) to vote in this election.

Voters who don’t receive a ballot by April 15 or who have questions should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

Grey whale visits the Ballard Locks

When a grey whale decides to visit a popular tourist spot on a sunny day, you can expect there are plenty of photos and videos to document the event.

Unfortunately, the whale appears to be mature, thin and struggling to survive, said Michael Milstein with NOAA Fisheries. Milstein told Q13 that the whale has been in the area for the last couple weeks, and there’s little NOAA can do to help.


A video posted by @rubbertoeseattle on

In the meantime, volunteers with SnoKing Marine Mammal Response have been visiting the Locks to check on the whale and share information with onlookers.

Gas line break shuts down 36th through Fremont

Updated: N 36th. has reopened to traffic.

Earlier: You may have heard lots of sirens and a helicopter or two just after noon. It’s all for a gas line break in Fremont, and firefighters have shut down N. 36th St. in both directions near Palatine. They’ve also evacuated several buildings nearby as a precaution, and they ask that residents avoid the area.

Given the explosion in Greenwood last month, you can bet firefighters are being extra careful. There is a large response on scene.

We’ll update as we learn more…