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  • If you know someone who owns a pit bull, please let them know about the “Responsi-bull” Project, which offers free spay and neuter, a free owner workshop and free obedience classes for pit bulls and their owners. It’s fun, informative, and did we mention it’s free? Classes are held at the Humane Society, and there are still some openings for our February workshops. Find lots more information here: http://bullseyerescue.org/RESPONSIBULL.htm

    Bullseye Dog Rescue - Seattle Area Pit Bull Rescue
    Seattle Dog Rescue
  • Cats almost always come to the shelter alone, without a companion. On unique occasions, we get to witness the very special bonding of two cats who find themselves in need of a shelter friend.

    Vinnie & Baby Boy are both 12 year old domestic shorthair kitties, looking for their forever home. They came to the shelter separately, but found themselves in an unbreakable friendship that will last the rest of their 9 lives. Both kitties are quiet souls and love a calm space to relax. Their ideal household will have many peaceful places for them to cuddle together and enjoy life. Vinnie & Baby Boy are shy guys, but together they find harmony & a new found confidence. Preferably, their forever family will have kids over the age of 12 and no other pets. If you can give these sweet boys the home they so deserve, please come and visit with them today! Reference #A484219 & #A484205

  • Wow! Jewel and Tara were sooo happy to see each other after three long years! Jewel was ten years old when she got away from the petsitter while Tara was on vacation. After all this time, Tara didn’t think she’d ever see her beloved dog again. Thanks to her microchip, though, we were able to locate Tara right away, and Jewel didn’t even have to spend the night. Happy, happy day for both of them.

  • It's National High-Five Day! Play with your cat, walk your dog, or cuddle with your bunny. Spread some cheer!

  • Are you looking for the love of your life? For a companion who will fill a very special place in your heart? Then look no further than our girl Lola.

    This soulful four year old Pitbull Terrier mix will become the loyal friend you never knew you were missing. Lola is not only curious and smart, she loves to be outdoors and chase tennis balls in the sunlight. She will be a sidekick on your nightly run and will contently lay by your side on the couch. Due to the fact that Lola is a curious pup, a fenced backyard is a necessity for her and lots of toys to keep her interest. Lola can be reactive to other dogs, so she would be best in a single pet household. Don’t miss out on your chance to meet Lola today! Reference #A483025

  • We are constantly amazed at the dedication and compassion of our volunteers. Every day, they walk dogs, foster kittens, match adopters with the perfect pet, clean cages, soothe, comfort, nurture, and Make Happy Happen for countless shelter pets. Shana has been a volunteer for eight years, and she’s especially good at finding homes for cats (like one year old King George in lobby cage 10, hint hint). Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week, you guys. You are awesome!

  • If you’re you looking for a beautiful kitty who will fit in perfectly with your family—don’t miss out on your chance to meet Pixie! This gorgeous 2 year old is extremely affectionate and will be at your side throughout the day. With her luxurious long white hair and piercing green eyes, you’re sure to see a beauty queen sitting before you! This lovely lady will enjoy spending time curled up on your lap purring away. If Pixie’s new forever home has children, it is recommended that they are over the age of 12. She has had positive interactions with other cats in the past, but not with dogs. This wonderful girl won’t be around for long, stop by and meet Pixie today! Reference #A484393

  • Get ready to have your heart stolen by one truly special pup! Chewy is a very sweet & social 3 year old Red Chow Chow. Chewy came to the shelter as a stray almost one month ago—and is eagerly waiting for his forever home. This lovable pup is polite & calm, he would do best in an home with average activity. Upon Chewy’s arrival to us, it was clear that he had a skin infection on his hind-end and tail. It is believed this was due to a flea allergy and he is currently being treated with antibiotics. There is a chance that Chewy will need flea medication his whole life, something his new owners must be prepared for upon his adoption. Although Chewy may require a bit more care than average, there is no doubt that he will make it worth your while! Stop by and meet Chewy today! Reference #A484228

  • Boone and his handler, Keith Taylor, have been working non-stop at the Oso landslide disaster, searching for victims. Keith was at the shelter a week ago, delivering a truckload of pet food collected by the Port of Seattle Fire Department as part of the annual Mulligan St. Patty’s Day Bash, so we were especially touched when he sent this photo. Dogs are just plain amazing, aren’t they? With all the technology and modern devices available for search and rescue, dogs remain the quickest, most accurate tool they have. All our gratitude, admiration, and hope for success go to the families, the community, the searchers, and of course, the amazing dogs.

  • “No, I haven’t seen your Sharpie….why?”
    Seriously, Cookie wants you to know that we happen to have nine sweet, declawed cats available for adoption right now. Most of them are hanging out together in the Petunia Louise Community Cat Room, including eight year old Cookie and her ten year old buddy, Carter. They are all calm and affectionate, but these two are especially cuddly, and would love to stay together. So if you know someone who wants a pair of super-cuddly friends, send them our way!


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!


Upcoming Events

  • May

    Stop by the Federal Way or University Place Mud Bay and adopt one of our many adorable shelter rabbits! We will have one of our wonderful bunny volunteers present to assist you with any questions you may have about caring for your new family member!

  • May

    Is your small critter in need of some pampering? The make your way down to the Bunny & Guinea Pig Spa Day! Your pet will leave looking squeaky clean!

  • May

    We understand that the passing of a pet is extremely difficult. If you need someone to talk to, please attend our Pet Loss Support Group Meeting. We’re here for you.

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Lost pets reunited with owners