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The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County Has Reopened for Cat Adoptions After Beating Virus!

The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County has reopened cat adoptions after being declared clear of Feline Panleukopenia.

In early February, the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County took the precaution of stopping cat adoptions after four cats brought into the shelter were tested positive for Feline Panleukopenia (FP). FP can be fatal for cats, but the Humane Society vaccinates each pet upon entry and vaccination is a critical tool for preventing FP. The vaccine starts working immediately and can provide immunity within hours to days.

‘The great news is that despite having 96 cats in the shelter when the first cats tested positive for FP no other animals have shown symptoms, and we now have the all-clear from our Veterinary Department’ said Stuart Earley, Chief Executive Officer. ‘This demonstrates the effectiveness of a comprehensive vaccination program and shows how important it is for pet owners to ensure that their vaccinations are up to date.’

‘The worrying thing is that the cats who tested positive were already infected when they came into the shelter,’ said Earley. ‘And there are indications that Feline Panleukopenia is prevalent in our local communities and everyone needs to make sure that their pets are protected. Pet owners should begin vaccinations at eight weeks in kittens and provide boosters every 3-4 weeks until about 16 weeks of age or older. Adults should be seen annually for any booster shots that might be needed.’

‘Panleuk can be fatal for cats, but they have the best chance of survival if we all work together to help stop the spread of this deadly diseases with appropriate vaccinations for our pets,’ said Stuart Earley, Chief Executive Officer.

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Animals have been placed from January 1, 2018 through October 31st, 2018.


Lost pets have been reunited with their owners from January 1, 2018 through October 31st, 2018.

The Society has exceeded a 90% live release rate throughout 2017. Our current live release rate is 92.77%

Calculated according to the nationally recognized Asilomar standards.

 Newborn Kittens Need Your Help!

This year, the Kitten Nursery at the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County is expecting nearly 1,300 new arrivals, and we need your help stocking up on supplies to save their tiny lives.

Please join us on Sunday, March 24th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm for the 5th Annual Kitten Shower and make a lifesaving difference for these little ones by sending a special gift in advance from our Amazon Wish List or bringing an item from the list below to the shower.  

  • Kitten Milk Replacer (KMR) Powder
  • Royal Canin Baby Cat – Dry or Canned
  • Royal Canin Kitten Chatton - Dry or Canned
  • Snuggle Safe Heating Disks
  • Small Litter Boxes
  • Kitten/Cat Beds and Blankets
  • Kitten Nursing Bottles
  • Miracle Nipples – Mini
  • Non-Clumping Litter
  • Digital Pet Thermometer
  • Digital Scale – including ounces
  • Unscented Baby Wipes
  • Kitten/Cat Toys

Attendees can mingle with foster volunteers and Society staff, learn more about what it takes to rescue these kittens and sign-up to become a foster parent themselves while enjoying light refreshments and kid-friendly crafts.

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