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28th Annual Paws in the Park Featuring the Dog-A-Thon
Saturday, July 28th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fort Steilacoom Park, Lakewood

This year’s Dog-A-Thon will be rebranded as “Paws in the Park featuring the Dog-A-Thon,” as we are including more animals than ever before! We invite all dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and their humans out to Fort Steilacoom Park on Saturday, July 28th for a full-on pet paw-ty.


At the event site, entertainment will be more robust with performances from local bands, and Rainier Agility Team will be back with a dog agility course you can run Fido through! Throughout the day, enter contests to show off your pet’s talents, shop dozens of premier vendors, and sample delicious eats with a percentage of proceeds going towards the Humane Society’s mission.


You and your animal companion can walk off lunch with a jaunt around beautiful Waughop Lake. Treat and water stations are sprinkled along the way so that you and your leashed dog, cat, or rabbit stay hydrated.


Don’t have a pet? Never fear! The Society will also open late on July 28th so that more kittens, dogs, and rabbits will be available for adoption at Paws in the Park!


Paws in the Park remains the Humane Society’s largest fundraising event with this year’s goal to raise more than $325,000. The event helps the Humane Society care for almost 12,000 animals each year. Donations raised provide vital support for innovative programing, fostering under-aged litters of puppies, kittens, and bunnies, treatment and rehabilitation for victims of cruelty, veterinary care for injured animals, and many other services in the community. Sign up to start raising pledges today at support.thehumanesociety.org/pawsinthepark. You’ll be changing animals’ lives and have a blast doing so!


For more information, like and follow our Paws in the Park Facebook page.

After an extensive search, the Board of Directors is proud to announce Mr. Stuart Earley as the new CEO, who will be joining us Monday, June 18th. Stuart is an exceptionally talented and renowned animal welfare leader eager to address the extraordinary opportunities and exciting challenges of this 130-year-old organization.

Stuart has achieved significant results in rescuing and rehoming animals for more than 20 years and is recognized as a leader/shaper among peer organizations throughout the U.K. He has a shining record of advancing animal welfare, which has been documented by major international and established trade media such as BBC News, The Herald, The Independent, and more.

The Board is committed to pursuing big goals that require bold, creative strategies and determined to become a national leader in the Animal Welfare movement serving as a catalyst for leadership and innovation.  In the coming months, we look forward to introducing you to Stuart and engaging with you to inform and advance these goals.

To read the entire press release, please click here.


Animals have been placed from January 1, 2018 through April 30th, 2018.


Lost pets have been reunited with their owners from January 1, 2018 through April 30th, 2018.

The Society has exceeded a 90% live release rate throughout 2017. Our current live release rate is 92.71%

Calculated according to the nationally recognized Asilomar standards.

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