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The Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County is an independent, non-profit organization that houses the largest number of adoptable pets in Washington state. Each year more than 10,000 animals in need of loving forever homes find their way to the shelter. The society handles cats, dogs, and other small animals that may be stray, lost, or abandoned.
In addition to offering a comprehensive adoption program, the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County aims to nurture and support the people and pets in their community through the following initiatives:
The Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County is a non-profit organization that relies solely on kind donations and adoption fees. We hope you'll consider giving an unwanted pet a new loving forever home from the shelter today.
Ready to adopt from the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County? Here's how it works:
Adoption fees at the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County vary according to health, behavior, and length of stay at the shelter. Here are some typical fees:
Discounts apply for “Buddy Adoptions.” Please contact the shelter to find out more.
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, a wellness exam, initial vaccinations, microchipping with national registration, and post-adoption pet care counseling.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.