Cats and dogs are a familiar presence in Seattle. It’s no wonder that they officially outnumber human children in our city. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs brings together rarely seen objects and images from MOHAI’s collection taking a closer look at Puget Sound history through the stories of cats and dogs. Guaranteed fun for animal lovers of all ages–this exhibit shows the importance of these animals throughout history.
Discover rarely seen objects from MOHAI’s collections that illustrate the lasting love people have for their pets. See artifacts that speak to moments in Seattle’s history, as well as show these furry companions as symbols and decorations.
Changes in Seattle history are preserved through cat and dog stories that highlight their shifting roles from workers to fur-children, their portrayal as symbols, as well as a couple “strays,” or objects that do not fit into a theme, are a bit of a mystery, or have never been exhibited before.
This family-friendly exhibit features open play areas with pet themed games, oversized toys and a reading nook.
After World War II, Seattle’s cat and dog populations rapidly grew, leading to organizations beginning to promote the spaying and neutering of pets. This 1951 shows an adorable pile of cats at a King County Humane Society animal sale. This photo was published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the photographer’s editorial marks for newsprint publication—white and black contrast marks—are still visible.
MOHAI is proud to partner with PAWS to develop It’s Raining Cats and Dogs.
PAWS is a champion for animals—rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people. Since 1967, PAWS has united more than 130,000 companion animals with loving families, cared for 115,000 injured and orphaned wild animals, and made the world a better place for countless others through advocacy and education.