Dogs Rescued from Korean Meat Farm

Kirstin 5 100215We have welcomed four dogs that were recently rescued by Humane Society International from a Korean dog meat farm. These young dogs are mostly Mastiff mixes who have spent their entire lives outdoors, with minimal human contact. But in spite of their rough beginning, they are friendly, playful and eager to learn. It is gratifying to see them learning to walk on a leash and enjoy playtime and human attention.

They are currently receiving care and behavior rehabilitation here at the shelter, and will soon be ready for their forever homes. They will need special owners who can provide the time, patience, ongoing behavior therapy and training they need to be successful family pets.

If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs, please be aware that they will have special challenges. While they have the potential to be good companions, they may never be outgoing, extroverted pets. Their needs may go beyond what the average pet owner expects or can manage. 

Stay Tuned! When these dogs become available, they will be listed on our “Available Dogs” page


Adopt your new best friend!

The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County has the largest selection of adoptable pets in Washington State. Each year, more than 7,000 homeless dogs and cats are matched with loving families through our shelter. Search through our adoptable pet listings below to find your family’s newest addition.

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Adoption Fees

The standard fee for adopting a cat is just $50, kittens are $75, and two litter-mates can be adopted for just $136.

The typical adoption fee for adult dogs range from $40-$130 depending upon the dog’s size, breed, age and other factors. For puppies, the standard fee is $280 with $50 refundable upon completion of a puppy class.

Occasionally, highly desirable pets (such as purebred or small-breeds) may be priced $280-$380. This allows us to lower the adoption fee for older or difficult-to-adopt animals.

Choosing the right pet

A pet can enrich your life in many ways, and are often an important part of family life. Choosing the right pet is essential to avoiding heartache and disappointment, and ensuring that you and your pet are together for life. Looking at your family's ability to care for a pet can determine whether you need a low-maintenance pet like a fish or hamster, or one that requires more time and energy. You can find books and articles on the internet to help you select the right pet, but these questions are a good place to start:

How much time and energy are you able to give a pet?
Are both adults working? Are your children old enough to help take care of the animal?

What is your living situation?
Do you live in an apartment? Have a fenced yard? Rent or own? Live with parents or planning to move soon?

What ages are your family members?
Are they too young to be left alone with a pet unsupervised? Are they old enough to help take care of the animal? Are there elderly people in the home who may be vulnerable to an overactive pet?

Do any family members have allergies or fears about certain types of pets?

Is the family in agreement about owning a pet?

Where will the pet spend its time?
Asking yourself these questions will help you decide if a dog or cat is a better choice, or if a bird or rabbit would better suit your lifestyle. Once your choice has been narrowed down, come talk to us.  The staff at the Humane Society are experts in helping you choose the right pet for your situation.


Ready to Adopt?

Print and fill out our DogCat or Rabbit Adoption Application Form before coming in to view your new best friend!


each adoption includes:

Provided with every adopted dog or cat:

  • Veterinary wellness examination
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Microchip with national registration
  • Initial vaccines
  • Pet care counseling
  • Dogs also receive: Temporary leash
  • Cats also receive: initial flea treatment and cardboard cat carrier

Provided with every adopted rabbit:

  • Veterinary wellness examination
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Pet care counseling
  • Cardboard carrier