How To Adopt
How to Adopt
We are excited to announce that our lobby and adoptable animal areas are open to the public! Here’s a guide to help with your adoption journey:
1. View our adoptable pets
2. Fill out our adoption application
- Bring it with you or we will provide you with a copy to fill out at the shelter.
- NOTE: If you rent, please bring your lease, pet policy, or an official letter signed and dated by your rental agency/landlord that allows for a pet.
3. Stop by the shelter! First-come, first-served
- Our staff at the greeter station in our lobby area will ask you a few questions regarding the reason for your visit to help assist you.
- If you are interested in adopting, you can walk through our adoptable animal areas.
4. Adoption visitation
- Please notify our staff of the animal(s) you are interested in adopting.
- If needed, your name and phone number will be added to our waitlist. Please note that wait times vary.
- When it’s time for your one-on-one visitation with the animal(s), one of our Adoption Services Representatives will notify you.
- You can meet and get to know your possible new best friend in one of our visitation rooms.
- If you’re ready to move forward with adoption, our staff will be happy to assist!
- View our adoption fees page for dogs, cats, and critters. Your adoption fee helps us continue to care for nearly 10,000 pets in need each year.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, all visitations are first-come, first-served. So come visit us today!
Yes! You will just need to bring your lease, pet policy or an official letter signed and dated by your rental agency/landlord that says you are allowed to have a pet on the premises. Failure to provide the appropriate documentation of your rental’s pet policy will result in a declined adoption application.
No, we are not able to place holds on adoptable animals. If you are interested in adopting, we encourage you to arrive at the shelter early with a completed adoption application and bring any necessary paperwork. Adoptions are first-come, first-served.
Yes, we encourage any family members or roommates who will be in the household with the animal to meet them with you.
No, we only allow meet and greets with other pets under special circumstances. This would need to be approved ahead of time with our staff.
Please let our staff know of the animal you are interested in and we will arrange a visitation at the shelter during a time that works for both you and the foster parent. Just note, it may take up to a day or two for a visitation depending on scheduling.
It all depends on the dog! Some require a fenced yard, and some don’t. For dogs that do require a fenced yard, it’s noted in their adoption bio. If you have any questions about if a fenced yard is required for a particular dog, please ask our shelter staff.
All of our animals for adoption have received a wellness examination, a spay/neuter surgery, a microchip with national registration, their initial vaccines, and possibly even further medical care and/or training. Adopters also get a free follow-up wellness exam at VCA Animal Hospitals, pet care counseling, and a free month of pet insurance with Trupanion.
Adoption prices are a great value for your money because a spay/neuter surgery alone could cost you between $400 to $500 at a veterinary hospital.
Give us a call, we’re here to help! All of our adoptions come with free pet care counseling. Our team works with adopters to help give guidance and resources for any behavioral issues or training needs.
Please give us a call during normal business hours from 11:00 am – 5:30 pm at 253-383-2733 to speak with an adoption support representative.
Microchip Your Pet
Every year, the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County reunites hundreds of lost pets with their owners thanks to microchip technology. We offer low-cost pet microchips to the public, no appointment necessary.