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  • A huge THANKS to everyone who participated in Dog-A-Thon 2014. You raised $250,000 for homeless animals! Words cannot express the amazing outpouring of joy, love, and support felt on Saturday, but this video by Cynthia Suprenant captures the day beautifully. Enjoy! http://youtu.be/SRa_GZgYGtg

    Dog-a-thon 2014

    Some photographs from The Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County's annual Dog-a-thon fundraising event. Over $250,000 was raised for homeless pets this y...
  • We just topped $240,000 raised for Dog-A-Thon 2014! And celebrity cat Wylla showed up with team The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, who raised a whopping $131,000! What a great day for homeless animals!

  • Homer is launching the official start of Dog-A-Thon 2014! He's five years old, and one of a handful of adoptable dogs here today. They are joining hundreds of walkers in support of homeless pets! Come on down, we'll be here until 2!

  • Dante has been at the shelter since early May, and is the sweetest, happiest, wiggliest guy you’ll ever meet. He’s learned quite a few commands and tricks during his stay, and he’d love to show them off for you tomorrow at the Dog-A-Thon. We’ll have a few other adoptable pets, as well as contests, demonstrations, vendor booths, and lots of fun! Please join us for Dog-A-Thon 2014, 9:00-2:00 tomorrow, at Fort Steilacoom Park! There’s more information on our website: www.thehumanesociety.org.

  • Cupid pays it forward. Our annual fundraiser, the Dog-A-Thon, is this Saturday. We hope you will join us – it’s a lot of fun, and for a very important cause. Every dollar raised helps shelter pets, and not just dogs. Cupid, the bigger cat in this photo, came to us as a tiny kitten with a very big heart murmur. His chances of adoption would have been slim, but he was able to get a special heart exam which showed the defect would most likely heal. He found a great home, where he has become an amazing “kitten therapist”. His owner fosters feral kittens for us, and has found that Cupid has a magic touch with them. He works to win them over, then teaches them to trust humans. It’s amazing. You can help make this magic happen for other animals – join us for the Dog-A-Thon. You can find more information on our website: thehumanesociety.org

  • No matter how many times we see it, it’s always a tearful moment when a family is reunited with a pet they thought was gone forever.
    Butters disappeared two years ago, and yesterday a couple found her wandering thirty blocks away, and brought her in. Thanks to her microchip, the Mershons got to the shelter in time to thank the people who found her. There were hugs and tissues all around!

  • Are you looking to add a pet to your family who will bring love and tranquility to your home? If your answer is “yes”, then Duke may be just the boy for you! Duke is a very sweet 10 year old German Shepherd who is looking to find his forever family. This lovable pup is looking for a home that reflects his calm personality and will give him all of the love he deserves. Due to his age, Duke does have some issues with arthritis in his hips. For this reason, it is recommended that he go to a home with children over the age of ten. Don’t miss your chance to take Duke home today! If this sweet boy does not find his forever home this week, he will be hanging out at Dog-A-Thon this Saturday at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. It’s a guaranteed fun time for humans and dogs alike! We’ll see you there! Reference #A487900

  • Our Barn Cat program is saving lives - - and you don’t even have to have a barn! This homeowner has four altered “Community Cats” who keep the rodents under control while enjoying a sunny yard and this great outdoor home. If you can provide food, water, and protection from the elements, we have cats for you! Contact Patty at 253-284-5812

  • Shelter pets need your help! Our annual fundraising event, the Dog-A-Thon, is just eight days away. There’s plenty of time to raise pledges and make a real difference in the lives of shelter pets. Visit our website to download a pledge form, or start collecting donations online at www.firstgiving.com/dogathon. Funds raised through this event provide special food, medical care, enrichment, therapy, and other essentials that help shelter pets find loving homes. Start now, and join us Saturday, July 26 from 9:00 – 2:00 pm at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

    The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County
    As the largest animal shelter in Washington State, the Humane Society finds homes for more than 6,000 animals every year, and reunites thousands more with their owner. They provide veterina…
  • Harry came to us so badly neglected, he could barely walk. His toenails were digging into his paws, his ears were matted over, and he was missing an eye. In spite of all that, he wiggled like crazy when you approached, and would lick your hand and lean against your legs, desperate for attention. Our wonderful volunteer Theron clipped him and gave him a bath, and yesterday this woman fell for him. She told us “Harry just won the dog lottery! He’s going to get the very best care from now on. He’ll sleep on my bed, and I’ll spoil him rotten!” Well, you deserve it, Harry!


It's simple, to advance the welfare of animals in Tacoma and Pierce County. As a local, independent 501(c)3 non-profit, we at The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County rely on donations to fund our organization’s vital programs. Visit us in person or check out our adoptable animals to find your family’s newest addition!


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