Founded and tirelessly run by longtime animal care worker Delyn Kosbab, Emerald City Kitty Harbor is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the health and welfare of neglected animals in Washington state. Kitty Harbor’s specific and ongoing mission is the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of homeless and neglected cats and kittens.
On August 1, 2016, Emerald City Pet Rescue folded Kitty Harbor into their organization. Many improvements for both kitties, adopters and kitty fans are forthcoming, including expanded days and hours and a much anticipated Kitty Cafe!
In the past, our only full days open to the public are Saturdays and Sundays, but that will soon expand to every day. Meanwhile, the housing, feeding, cleaning, and medical care of the dozens of new cats we receive each week is a 24/7 job that requires energy, time, money, and a whole lot of heart. And it truly is a labor of love.
Since we are a non-profit organization, none of the small but dedicated family of volunteers at Emerald City Kitty Harbor are paid for the work we do here. We exist solely through gracious donations of time, supplies, food, medicine, veterinary services, foster homes, and the small fee we receive from the adoption of each kitty.
It must be stressed that Emerald City Kitty Harbor is not a casual pet store where members of the public can wander in, play with the cute kitties just for fun, and then leave. Rather, we’re a serious rescue and adoption facility with a very clear and passionate focus on the welfare of cats and on the business of finding loving homes for them once they’re ready. Since we’re admittedly not a customer service-oriented establishment, our frankness may throw potential adopters for a loop. We realize we may come off as a bit gruff (especially on busy Saturdays), but it’s only because the work we do is exhausting, both physically and emotionally, and because we need to be thorough in placing our kitties in the very best environments possible.
We’re nice folks, honestly, and we really do want to help every person who comes through our doors, but the kitties always come first, so sometimes our people skills come second. Your patience and compassion for our mission are much appreciated!