Cats and dogs outnumber children currently in Seattle. The familiar presence of these animals is nothing new, though, and they are found throughout Seattle’s history and MOHAI’s collections. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs shows rarely seen objects and images from the museum’s collection and brings Puget Sound history to life through playful—at times surprising—connections.
MOHAI’s collections and the stories that these objects tell memorialize people’s love of their pets, artifacts that speak to moments in Seattle’s history, as well as show these furry companions as symbols and decorations.
See the changes in Seattle through cats’ and dogs’ stories with artifacts highlighting the 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.