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Shelter Location & Hours

3120 Martin Way
Olympia, WA  98506

Tues - Fri, 9:30-5:30
Sat, 9:30-4:00
Adoptions stop 1/2 hour prior to closing.

Identification and reclaim of stray pets is available Monday through Sunday, from 9:30am to 10pm.

Animal Services will be closed:

Nov 11
Nov 27-28
Dec 25

Shelter Library

Below you will find applications, forms and information
available for you to read on-line or print right at home.
Just click on the file name, then print the publication.

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Applications & Forms

Adoption Application Fill out this application and bring it with you when you visit the shelter to adopt a pet.
Statement of Complaint Are you having problems with a neighbor's pet?  Fill out this form and return it to the shelter to get assistance in resolving the problem.  Note: if you live in unincorporated Thurston County, please read this before downloading the statement of complaint.
Barking Log Fill in this log and return it to the shelter if you are having recurring problems with a neighbor's barking dog.
License Form Need to license or renew your pets' licenses?  You can visit the shelter in person, visit one of many licensing locations, renew or license by phone with a credit card, or mail this form with a check.

Reduced Fee License

Are you over 61 years of age and low income, or are you disabled and low income? You may qualify for a reduced fee pet license.  Complete this application and send it in with your license form.
No-fee License for Service Animal If you or your legal dependent are disabled and use an animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability (per ADA), you qualify for a no-fee pet license for that animal. Complete this application and send it in with your license form.

Spay/Neuter Assistance

If you have a pet or pets that need to be spayed or neutered, and are low-income, we may be able to help you. SNAP applications accepted in person on the first business day of the month.

Laws & Info

2014 Statistics A detailed report about the shelter.  Great for older students working on research papers about our community's homeless pets.
The Animal Shelter How many animals come into the shelter each week?  What happens to them?  A good report for students from 5th grade up.
Barking-for the dog owner Does your dog bark and irritate you and the neighbors?  Here are the laws about barking and tips on preventing it.
Barking-for the neighbor Does your neighbor's dog bark and bark, keeping you awake or disturbing your day? Here are the laws and some tips to help you.
Cats and the Law Many of us are unaware that  nuisance pet laws apply to cats, too.  If you have cats, or are having problems with cats, please read this.
Parks & Trails Everything you need to know about sharing parks and trails with pets.
Pet Laws A general guide to local laws regarding pets.

Lacey Laws, Pet shops

Lacey ordinances regarding pets.
Disclaimer: The City Clerk's Office has the official version of the Municipal Code.
Olympia Laws, Pet shops
Chickens & other livestock (see pg. 11)
Olympia ordinances regarding pets.
Disclaimer: The City Clerk's Office has the official version of the Municipal Code.
Tumwater Laws, Pet shops Tumwater ordinances regarding pets.
Disclaimer: The City Clerk's Office has the official version of the Municipal Code.
Thurston County Laws,
Pet shops
County ordinances regarding pets.
Disclaimer: The County Clerk's Office has the official version of the County Code.

Pet Behavior & Care

Before You Get a Puppy Behavior, temperament, and training problems are the most prevalent terminal illnesses for pet dogs. You may easily prevent these common problems if you know what to expect and what to do.
Clipping a Cat's Nails How to safely clip a cat's nails--a great alternative to de-clawing.
(And it's easier than you think!)

Clipping a Dog's Nails

How to safely clip a dog's nails.
Controlling Barking Advice on how to control your dog's barking habit.
De-clawing a cat Thinking of de-clawing your cat?  Please read this before you decide.
Foster Care Manual Our Foster Care Program's manual.
Cat/Kitten Supplement Foster Program supplement manual for cat and kitten care.
Dog/Puppy Supplement Foster Program supplement manual for dog and puppy care.
Pet food & nutrition Can't figure out what to feed Fluffy of Fido?  Here's a short guide to help you sort it all out.


Apartment Guide A listing of apartments in the Olympia area that accept pets.
Disaster Planning A terrific guide to planning for our pets in the event of a family emergency or disaster.
Disaster Planning Checklist A very helpful Pet Emergency Kit checklist, created by Jennifer Burns, AmeriCorps VISTA.
Court-Ordered Community Service A letter and materials explaining our guidelines for performing court-ordered community services at our animal shelter.
Pet Meets Baby
This special resource from American Humane Association helps new and expectant parents and caregivers introduce their infants and children to their pets - and their pets to new infants and children - safely and confidently.
Wildlife & You
Did you find injured or possibly-orphaned wildlife? This explains what to do and lists some local wildlife rehabilitators.

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