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- Wait ‘til you see his “before” photo! Felix was a mess when he came to us. He was covered with thick, filthy mats, and he could barely walk. He was miserable. But after hours of shaving, a very different dog emerged. A happy, kissy, grateful dog half his size! And he has been wiggling and playing ever since. He loves to be petted, and the joy just shines out of his eyes. Today his life got even better when Donna fell for his charms and decided to take him home to be spoiled and adored. Goodbye, Felix – it was fun to watch you blossom into the pet you were meant to be!
- This week’s Featured Pet is an adorable 6 year old brown and white German Shepard Mix named Tonka. This happy-go-lucky pup came to us as a stray last month and is looking for his equally fun-loving forever family! Tonka is a dog who could chase tennis balls for hours if you’d let him! Play is the first thing on this guy’s mind, and of course making sure his new owner is having just as much fun as he is. When you get tired of playing, this pup is great at keeping himself entertained with toys. Tonka’s manners are pretty good, but in need of some work. He responds very well to treats, so honing up on his do’s and don’t should be a breeze! This dog truly has a wonderful personality and would fit in perfectly with an active family with children over 10 years old.
Make Tonka yours today! Reference #A481652
- Every day we see things like this at the shelter – volunteers going out of their way to help an animal or make their stay here a little brighter. Echo is a sweet, playful dog, but she’s shy, and easily overwhelmed. So Serena takes her out for a long cuddle whenever possible, and Echo loves it. She spends the whole time on Serena’s lap, soaking up the love. Thank you, thank you, wonderful volunteers, for all you do! (BTW, Echo is three, and her number is 481401. She would make an awesome pet!)
- Turns out “love at first sight” is a not an occurrence that just us humans get to experience…
Recently, a six year old cat named Little One came to our shelter scared and timid after her owner passed away. A few short days later, a dapper 11 year old cat named Mister White was brought to us as a stray. Given the circumstances, both of these kitties could use a companion and it was decided that these two should meet. Little did we know, we were about to watch a beautiful love story unfold! The moment that these two gorgeous white felines were introduced, they became immediately inseparable. It was clear to everyone that they were meant to be!
Little One & Mister White would do best in a quiet and patient household without young children. They both love to be pet and will spend hours on your lap purring along side each other. Don’t miss out on your chance to make this dynamic duo a part of your family! Reference #A480017 & A252380.
- The shelter is closed Thursday and Friday, but will open Saturday at 9:30 -- a great time to choose a new best friend!
- Wow – we hardly recognized her! This sweet little dog came to us a year ago after being rescued from a tragic hoarding and neglect situation. She was filthy, severely matted, thin, and terrified. With medical care, she began to heal on the outside, but she couldn’t seem to recover emotionally. She cowered, avoided eye contact, and wouldn’t even take a piece of hot dog. But then she was adopted by Elizabeth, who has worked miracles with her. She said Goldie was completely “shut down” at first, and constantly afraid of getting in trouble, but she gradually learned that she was safe in her new home. Now she is a confident, happy, playful little pup who greeted each of us with her head held high and a sparkle in her eye. Thank you, Elizabeth and Goldie, for reminding us of the amazing, healing power of love.
- This week’s Featured Pet is a wonderful 9 year old Labrador Retriever named Rue! If you’re looking for a friend who is independent, sweet and very loving—this is the girl for you! Rue enjoys chewing on toys, getting belly rubs and savoring her favorite treat, peanut butter! Rue would do best in a home with older children and ideally no other pets. She is a calm girl who prefers her home environment to be the same way. Rue is somewhat overweight and needs a family would will love to take her on daily walks to help get her back in tip-top shape! Don’t wait, make sure you meet Rue today! Reference #A481495
- This week’s Featured Pet is one hot commodity! Properly named “Flame”, this gorgeous 6 year old Flame Point will bring warmth and happiness to your home during these blustery Washington days. He would love to curl up on your lap while you read a book or chase a toy if you’re up for playtime! Flame came to our shelter because his owners moved away, he is patiently waiting for his new forever family to take him home. This handsome feline has been a bit nervous since he’s been at the shelter, but he comes around quickly once you give him a gentle touch. Don’t miss out on your chance to make this wonderful kitty the newest member of your family! Reference #A480752
- Hooray for microchips! Charlie and his daughter Avalon were just reunited with Jack, who went missing back in 2009! He came in as a stray, and we found the chip, but it took some persistence to find the owner. The microchip company gave us a few phone numbers, but they were dead ends. They also gave us the name of the veterinary clinic on file, though, and from them, we got two more phone numbers, one of which eventually led to the owner’s mother-in-law. She called Charlie, and they rushed right down. The family was thrilled to have him back, and Jack was pretty happy, too. He started purring like a motorboat as soon as he landed in Charlie’s lap.
- Imagine you are elderly, house-bound, living alone with very little income. But you have a dog that means the world to you. Or a cat that is your emotional lifeline. You can’t afford pet food, but the thought of giving up your best friend is unthinkable. So you go hungry yourself, or share your own dinner. We know this situation is heartbreakingly real for too many pet owners, so we are partnering with Meals on Wheels to include pet food in their deliveries. Deryl has just picked up supplies from our Pet Food Bank do deliver to eighteen clients. So no one goes hungry, and pets get to stay with the people they love. Thanks to all of you wonderful people who donate to our Pet Food Bank -- it really does reach the people and pets who need it most.
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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