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Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County

(253) 383-2733 2608 Center St, Tacoma WA 98409-7602
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The mission of the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County is to advance the welfare of animals and promote positive relationships between animals and people.

Incorporated: 1888 in WA

Also Known As: The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County


The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is dedicated to providing services which advance the welfare of animals and promote positive relationships between animals and people. Programs and services include:

Adoption: Each year, more than 6,000 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals are matched with loving families through The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County's shelter. The standard fee for adopting a cat is just $60, Kittens five months or younger are $125, and two litter-mates can be adopted for just $200. The typical adoption fee for adult dogs range from $50-$140 depending upon the dog’s size, breed, age and other factors. For puppies, the standard fee is $310. Occasionally, highly desirable pets (such as purebred or small-breeds) may be priced $280-$390. This allows them to lower the adoption fee for older or difficult-to-adopt animals.
Provided with every adopted dog or cat:
- Veterinary wellness examination
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Microchip with national registration
- Initial vaccines
- Pet care counseling
- Dogs also receive: Temporary leash
- Cats also receive: initial flea treatment and cardboard cat carrier 

Provided with every adopted rabbit:
- Veterinary wellness examination
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Pet care counseling
- Cardboard carrier

Spay & Neuter: Eliminating pet overpopulation and needless euthanasia is critical. If you need help spaying or neutering a cat, and are a low-income resident of Pierce County or the city of Federal Way, you can apply to the Humane Society’s low-cost spay/neuter fund. 

Microchip: Every year, The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County reunites hundreds of pets with their owners thanks to microchip technology. Visible identification, like tags, are important. They should be worn by every pet. But unlike a tag, a microchip cannot be removed or lost, and is often the last link between a lost pet and its frantic owner. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County offers low-cost pet microchip to the public for just $25, which includes national registration. No appointment is necessary. The procedure takes only a minute and can be done anytime during business hours Monday through Friday.

Emergency Pet Food Bank: The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County’s food bank supplies pet food to those who are in temporary need of dog or cat food. In order to receive pet food you must provide identification and proof that your pets are spayed or neutered. If your pets are not altered, you will be given food the first visit, as well as vouchers to have your pets spayed or neutered for a minimal fee. 

Pet Loss Support Group: When someone a beloved pet dies, it is natural to feel overwhelming sadness, and to go through a grieving process from despair to healing and recovery. Facilitated by trained volunteers, The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County’s Pet Loss Support Group provides a safe, supportive environment where you can share your feelings and your memories among others who have experienced a similar loss. If you wish, you may simply listen and offer support for others who are grieving. This support group meets the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. There is no charge for these meetings.

End of Life Services: The hardest part of loving a pet is knowing when to let go. When your pet’s quality of life is deteriorating – when he or she is no longer interested in food, experiencing extreme pain, overly depressed, or cannot control defecation or urination - it is time to do the truly loving thing and make a decision about helping them on their way. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County encourages you to schedule a euthanasia appointment with your veterinarian when the time comes. Cremation is a specialized process by which intense heat is used to reduce the remains to a sandy ash. For thousands of years, in all parts of the world, cremation has been an accepted, and often preferred, alternative to burial. You can bring your deceased pet to the shelter any time during business hours, and the ashes will be ready within one week.

Surrendering Your Pet: The Humane Society accepts pets from residents of Pierce County and the City of Federal Way. We do not accept pets from areas served by other animal shelters. If you have no other choice than to bring your pet to the Humane Society, please be aware that we do everything possible to find your pet a home, but we cannot guarantee adoption for any pet. The Humane Society charges a fee for surrendering your pet to us for adoption. It's costly to care for your pet, provide medical treatment, spay or neuter and behavior therapy (if needed) before placing your pet in a loving, forever home. We ask that you help with this cost with a moderate fee.

Barn Cat/Backyard Buddy Program: "Barn Cats" and "Back Yard Buddies" are feral, un-socialized, or free-roaming cats (also called "Community Cats") who cannot be placed in a home environment. Placing them as outdoor cats in barns, sheds, garages or other outdoor structures is a humane, practical alternative to euthanasia. Barn Cats and Back Yard Buddies discourage rodents, provide companionship for horses and other farm animals, and can live out their lives in relative security and comfort. If you can provide shelter, and a regular supply of food and water, a Barn Cat or Back Yard Buddy may be ideal for you. These cats are FREE of charge (a municipal pet license may be required) and are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and treated for parasites. 

For the year ended December 31, 2015, The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County's program expenses were:

Sheltering and Adoption Services: $1,977,154
Spay/Neuter Services: $683,829
Medical Services: $1,611,036
Community Awareness: $194,486
Volunteers: $255,853
Total Programs Services: $4,722,358

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