Emergency animal cooling shelter opens in Enumclaw

ENUMCLAW, Wash. — Animals who live in King County and are not doing well in the heat have a place to go for relief.

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An emergency animal cooling shelter has been set up at the Enumclaw Expo Center south parking lot at 45224 284th Avenue Southeast.

The shelter was set up and is being run by volunteers from the Washington State Animal Response Team and King County Search and Rescue.

Owners can drop off their companion animals and other pets to be cared for by volunteers. Pets other than cats or dogs, such as gerbils, for instance, must be in their own habitats.

The shelter is open Monday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Owners should bring their pet’s food and medication and comfort items such as toys.

The cooling shelter is for animals only. The human cooling center that is closest to the animal shelter is the senior center on Cole Street in Enumclaw. Find other cooling centers for people at https://kcemergency.com/.

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King County Search and Rescue is taking donations to help with gas for the generators via Venmo @kingcountysar. The Washington State Animal Response Team accepts donations via PayPal. Find information at https://wasart.org/donate/.