Press release:

Join the Burien Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and staff for a dog park planning meeting.

Come discuss a proposal for an off-leash dog play area.

Sites to be discussed include Hazel Valley Park and Salmon Creek Park.

This project also supported by the B-Town dog owners group.

When: March 13, 2013 @ 7 pm
Where: Saint Bernadette Parish Hall
1028 SW 128th ST, 98146

For more information call 206-988-3700


Press release:

Community Animal Resource Education Society of Burien (CARES ) received official notice from the IRS on Sept. 10 that its application for 501 (c) 3 status was approved, retroactive to May 1, 2011, when the animal control organization began operations.

This 501 (c) 3 status allows past and future donors to CARES to deduct their contributions from their federal income tax. The designation also provides more opportunities for CARES to apply for and obtain government grants.

Further, CARES is now exempt from paying sales tax on its purchases of pet food and other supplies.
CARES director Debra George said she was elated after receiving the letter from the IRS. “This is an important document for us,” she said. “it allows us to continue to move forward in a positive direction.”


Kellie Bassen is looking for volunteers to help start an official off-leash dog park at Hilltop Park in Burien.

The closest off-leash park now s Grandview Park in SeaTac.

Those interested should email Bassen at

Here’s part of her her email to us:

I was asked by Jack Block, Jr. to spearhead an effort to organize volunteers for a steering committee in order to convert Hilltop Park into an official off-leash dog park.

Burien is in need of an off-leash park where the city might even have dog-centric events in the future! Dogs love to run and socialize...and so do their owners.

Proper fencing, landscaping and a small agility course would be needed. As well as signage and a bag dispenser.

We are in need of 6-8 people (or more!) and will be getting together for a discussion next Thursday, 11:00 am at the Burien Press. (423 S.W. 152nd St.) They could just e-mail me if interested.

Kellie Bassen

25 cities renew contracts with Regional Animal Services of King County

Press release:

King County Executive Dow Constantine on Wednesday, Aug. 1 thanked the elected leaders of 25 local cities for their continued partnership, as he signed a series of interlocal agreements that keeps the regional model for animal services in place for another three years.

The cities include SeaTac and Tukwila.

“With renewal of these agreements, we are showing that regional cooperation works,” said Executive Constantine. “In partnership with cities and animal advocates throughout the region, we will keep working to continuously improve our delivery of affordable, sustainable, and humane animal care and control.”

Under the new agreements with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC), cities will be assessed charges based 80 percent on their use of services and 20 percent on their population, instead of the previous formula that weighted the charges 50/50.

In addition, King County has redrawn the four animal control districts, and will staff each with at least one animal control officer seven days a week. The new contracts take effect January 1, 2013, and will run for three years.

Grand opening celebration is July 24

Press release:

The City of Burien's animal control provider, CARES (Community Animal Resource & Education Society), invites the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new pet shelter on Tuesday, July 24.

CARES officially opened its new shelter at 909 SW 151st St. on Tuesday, July 16, after receiving required permitting and approvals from the City and passing its final inspection by the King County Health Department on July 15.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 4 pm with cake and refreshments. Dog and cat treats will be available for guests who bring their pets. The public is invited to stop by between 10 am and 8 pm and check out the new shelter, and perhaps take home one of the adoptable cats and dogs. The public can also view a privately owned pet daycare located next door.

CARES began providing animal control services for the City under contract in July of 2011 and was temporarily situated in a office off of SW 153rd St.

The new shelter has 16 adult cat "condos" plus four larger spaces for a mother cat and her kittens. Individual stalls are available for up to 15 dogs.


Fourth of July fireworks are fun for most people but scary for pets. The Humane Society offers these Independence Day pet tips:

Leave them at home-- There are many family and group activities that are perfect for pets, but a public fireworks display or a picnic, cookout or any other type of gathering where fireworks will be set off isn’t one of them – please resist the urge to take your pets to such an event.
Don't leave your pet in the car--
With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects—even death—in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.

Give them shelter--
Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company while you're attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.

With heavy subsidy, SeaTac to pay $107,000 a year while Burien pays $120,000

Often-contentious SeaTac council members have achieved unanimous consent on a subject that their counterparts in Burien have struggled over—animal control and care services.

Without discussion, the SeaTac City Council approved June 26, a three-year contract with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC.)

Tukwila also contracts with King County. Des Moines and Normandy Park share a full-time animal control officer, who is a Des Moines police officer.

SeaTac lawmakers were briefed by staff members and discussed the animal control contract at previous council meetings and study sessions.

SeaTac will pay a net $107,000 a year for three years. The city is receiving a $124,000 per year subsidy from RASKC as part of the contract.

RASKC divides King County into three districts with animal control officers available seven days a week. The Kent animal shelter is also open seven days a week.

Burien contracts with Burien CARES, a nonprofit group headed by The Mark Restaurant co-owner Debra George. The contract is for $120,000 per year.


Summarizing a June 18 report to the Burien City Council on the city’s controversial CARES animal control program, City Manager Mike Martin said Burien is saving $100,000-$300,000 a year with CARES.

“Never in my career, have I seen something going so right characterized as going so wrong,” Martin declared.

He said being part of King County’s regional service would cost Burien over $340,000 a year. Burien collects $60,000-$70,000 a year in pet license fees and adds about $50,000 from the general fund for the CARES service, according to Martin.

Martin dubbed the CARES program as a grass roots “Burienesque operation.” He noted the city transferred animal control from a public agency—King County, to a private group.

CARES is a group of volunteers led by The Mark Restaurant co-owner Debra George that was awarded Burien’s contract to handle animal control services.

After a speaker said CARES does not have nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service, George said the group’s tax-exempt status is pending.

Provide plenty of cool water and shade, and never leave a pet in the car

Press release:

While sunshine and warmer weather are sure signs that summer is on the way, Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) wants to remind pet owners to keep their furry friends safe this season.

Animals cannot sweat like humans, and they are vulnerable to overheating quickly, especially when the temperature rises above 70 degrees.

Be sure to provide plenty of fresh, cool water to your pets, and shade from the sun.

Though pets need exercise during warm weather, take extra care when exercising older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and dogs with thick coats, as they are especially vulnerable to overheating. On hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours.

Another danger is leaving pets in a vehicle. In sunny weather, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open.


Owl Prowl at Lincoln Park

Join enthusiastic and knowledgeable naturalist Stewart Wechsler on an owling adventure at Seattle’s Lincoln Park! Will the Barred Owls be hooting it up as courtship season approaches? We think they might be. In addition to looking and listening for owls, we’ll be treated to an evening tour of the park. We’ll see and smell some of the park’s plants, a few of which are already showing signs of spring. We’ll also peek under a few logs to see if any invertebrates or vertebrates are home.  read more »


Lincoln Park
8011 Fauntleroy Way SW Seattle, WA 98136
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