Golden Pets for Your Golden Years…for Free!

Thinking about adopting a pet but don't know where to start? Seattle Animal Shelter offers older pets free to older adults (age 60+) who hold a Gold Card for Healthy Aging and to adults with disabilities who hold a FLASH Card. Cardholders are eligible to adopt a dog or cat aged six years or older—free of charge—and receive a 50 percent discount on a pet license.

"Golden Pets for Golden Years" helps shelters find loving homes for older dogs and cats. The program is in addition to one offering cardholders a 50 percent discount on adoption fees for cats aged two years or older.

The Gold Card for Healthy Aging is available to greater Seattle residents age 60 years or older. It provides discounts on goods and services listed in an online Special Discounts Directory.

Seattle's FLASH Card—Fun Leisure Access Savings and Health—offers similar discounts for adults with disabilities living in Seattle and King County. Eligibility requirements for the FLASH Card are the same as for a Metro Transit reduced fare permit for persons with disabilities.

Adopting a cat or dog from the Seattle Animal Shelter offers tremendous value. Without a Gold Card for Healthy Aging or FLASH Card, adoption fees can run as high as $135 for a cat and $200 for a dog. Two-year licenses for spayed/neutered pets, normally $27 (cats) and $37 (dogs), cost $13.50 and $18.50 with a Gold or FLASH card. The adoption package includes: 

  • Initial vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • Feline Leukemia testing
  • Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip—about the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is injected under the cat's skin, providing an identification number associated with that animal that can be scanned when a lost animal arrives at a shelter.

For many people, adopting an adult cat or dog is the right thing to do. Adult cats and dogs are often already socialized with people and other pets, they've been house trained, and they usually have more mellow temperaments, according to Seattle Animal Shelter manager Don Jordan. "Numerous studies have shown having a pet as an integral part of the family unit helps pet owners lead longer and happier lives," Jordan said.

For more information about Gold and FLASH Cards, visit or call the Seattle Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens at 206-684-0500.

For more information about pet adoption or to preview cats and dogs available for adoption, visit or call 206-386-PETS(7387).

Additional Senior Discounts for Pet Adoption

Regional Animal Services (King County)

PAWS Seniors for Seniors