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Help Empty the Shelter!

From September 29 – October 8, we will have reduced adoption fees of $50 for adult dogs, $25 for adult cats, and $5 for critters.

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Surrendering Your Pet

We’re Here to Help

Finding a new home for your pet is a difficult decision, and sometimes situations arise that might make it seem like the only choice. A shelter environment may not be suitable or comfortable for your pet and can cause unnecessary stress. We strongly encourage pet owners to find a new home through private methods or try to resolve any issues in the current home, if possible – and we can help!

We work with pet owners to help solve common behavior concerns by offering resources, counseling, as well as support for pet owners who are working through tough issues with their pets or are in unfortunate situations. We are here to help keep pets with their people!

Resources to Keep Your Pet

Pet Behavior Tips

We have a host of resources and training tips for common pet behavioral issues. Check out our Pet Behavior Tips webpage to help get your pet back on track.

Veterinary and Animal Care Assistance

General Care

AVHS Public Veterinary Assistance Fund 
(253) 249 – 7848
Must be a resident of Auburn to be eligible. 

Good Neighbor Vet
1-888-234-1350
Low-cost vaccines and veterinary services for pets in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. 

The Mosby Foundation
(540) 885 – 2260
Financial help for non-emergency medical care for dogs.

Paws 4 A Cure
Financial help for veterinary care for cats and dogs.

Spay and Neuter

Northwest Spay and Neuter Center
(253) 627 – 7729
Low-cost spay and neuter services. 

Pasado’s Safe Haven- Spay/Neuter Station
(206) 300-7217
Low-cost spay and neuter services.

AVHS Low Income Spay and Neuter – SPOT Program
(253) 249 – 7849

Specialized Care

The Pet Fund
916-443-6007
Financial help for non-basic, non-emergency vet care (cancer, heart disease, chronic conditions, etc.)

Frankie’s Friends
888-465-7387
Financial assistance for pets with cancer or life-threatening diseases.

The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund
970-403-8059
Financial assistance for cats and dogs diagnosed with cancer.

Magic Bullet Fund 
Financial assistance for dogs with cancer.

Big Hearts Fund
Financial assistance for pets with heart disease.

Handicapped Pets Foundation
info@hpets.org
Wheelchair assistance for pets in need.

Pet Food Assistance

The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County’s Pet Food Pantry supplies pet food to those who are in temporary need of dog or cat food. The Pet Food Pantry is open every Saturday and Wednesday from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Please note, in order to receive pet food, you must provide identification and proof that your pets are spayed or neutered. If your pets are not altered, you will be given food for the first visit (up to a month’s worth) and you will need to show proof at the next visit to be eligible.

Other Pet Food Options

Seattle Humane Pet Food Bank
(425) 649 – 7566
Seattle, WA

Finding Pet-Friendly Housing

Whether you’re moving around town or out of state, check out this Finding a Pet-Friendly Rental guide to help you find the right home for both you and your pets.

Temporary Pet Boarding for Military

Dogs on Deployment is an online network for service members to search for temporary homes for their beloved pets until they return.

Preparing Your Pet for a New Baby

Bringing a baby into the household comes with a multitude of changes for both you and your pets. You can help your pets adjust before and after the baby arrives. Check out this Preparing Your Pet for Baby’s Arrival guide for helpful tips.

Emergency Assistance

RedRover helps pets in need of emergency shelter due to a natural disaster, owner hospitalization, domestic violence, or other crises.

Rehoming Your Pet

Finding Your Pet a New Home

We strongly encourage pet owners to find a new home through private methods, whenever possible. There are many resources for finding a home for your pet. When choosing the right home, check out our adoption application to see what questions you should ask a potential adopter to ensure they would be a good fit for your pet. Rehoming fees, even small ones, can help find a more dedicated home as well.

Home To Home™

This is a free rehoming website for pet owners who need to find a new home for their pets including dogs, cats, and other animals. Pets can go from one home right into another, which means less stress for animals and humans alike!

Rehome by Adopt-A-Pet

This site is used by many shelter and rescue organizations. Potential adopters might already be looking at this website for their future pet, so it is a great place to list any animal looking for a new home. Make sure to thoroughly read what the potential adopter has written to see if they are a good match for your pet.

Rescue Me!

You can post your pet with all their information, rehoming fee, likes or dislikes, and any other valuable knowledge for new owners. Potential homes will contact you and set up a time to meet your pet. A picture goes a long way, so try to find a good one.

Petfinder

Petfinder allows you to search for rescue groups in and around your area. It will connect you to groups that may be able to help by accepting your pet, posting your pet for adoption, or offering additional resources.

Craigslist

On Craigslist, please make sure to thoroughly vet potential homes by using an application and/or a rehoming fee. Pictures can help animals get more interest from potential adopters. Meeting at a mutual spot and bringing someone with you is recommended. You can post in the pet section, but certain animals might be better listed in the farm and garden section (outdoor cats, farm dogs).

Nextdoor

Nextdoor can connect you to people in your neighborhood or surrounding area. You can post locally and hopefully find someone close by that might be interested. This makes meeting up with people easier for both parties.

Facebook

There are many rehoming groups on Facebook. In the search bar, you can search key phrases like “PNW rehoming”, “Washington State pets rehoming”, and “adoptable animals Washington” or anything similar should show several rehoming groups.

 

Need help advertising your pet? Canva provides many free usable flyer templates that can be used to advertise your pet. These can be placed in areas to find a potential adopter: feed stores, pet stores, outdoor stores, grooming shops, grocery stores, churches, gyms, etc.

Check with Local Animal Rescues

From dogs to exotic animals, there are plenty of animal rescues that may be able to find a new home for your pet or possibly provide temporary housing.

Other Local Organizations

Seattle Humane Society
(425) 641-0080
Bellevue, WA

Auburn Valley Humane Society
(253) 249-7849
Auburn, WA

Metro Animal Services
(253) 299-7387
Puyallup, WA

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC)
(206) 296-7387
Kent, WA

Seattle Animal Shelter
(206) 386-7387
Seattle, WA

Homeward Pet Adoption Center
(425) 488-4444
Woodinville, WA

Everett Animal Services
(425) 257-6000
Everett, WA

Animal Services for Thurston County
(360) 352-2510
Olympia, WA

Kitsap Humane Society
(360) 692-6977
Silverdale, WA

PAWS
(425) 787-2500
Lynnwood, WA

NOAH
(360) 629-7055
Stanwood, WA

Motley Zoo Animal Rescue
(206) 453-8480
Redmond, WA

Pasado’s Safe Haven
(360) 793-9393
Sultan, WA

Humane Society for Cowlitz County
(360) 577-0151
Longview, WA

Cat Rescue Groups

MEOW Cat Rescue
(425) 822-6369
Kirkland, WA

Purrfect Pals (elderly cats or cats with health issues)
(360) 652-9611
Arlington, WA

South County Cats (feral cats)
(206) 910-4495
Maple Valley, WA

Wags & Whiskers
(509) 246-1245
Ephrata, WA

Stevens Co Cat Care
(509) 935-6369
Chewelah, WA

WA Cat Tales Rescue
(425) 488-2338
Everett, WA

Feline Friends
(360) 866-0599
Olympia, WA

Friends of the Animals
(206) 719-4864
West Seattle, WA

Friends of Campus Cats
(206) 442-2051
Seattle, WA

Kitty Haven (kittens under 4 months)
Tacoma, WA

Maya Feline Rescue
(509) 307-3504
Wapato, WA

Whisker City
(206) 542-0947
Shoreline, WA

Seattle Area Feline Rescue
(206) 659 – 6220
Shoreline, WA

Dog Rescue Groups

Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue (purebred dogs)
(206) 654-1117
Redmond, WA

Old Dog Haven (dogs over the age of 8 years old)
(206) 280-7614
Oak Harbor, WA

DRAW-Dog Rescue Around Washington
(253) 472-1523
Tacoma, WA

The Pit Stops Here
(360) 914-4252
Oak Harbor, WA

Power Breed Rescue
(509) 334 – 7407
Palouse, WA

Barks R Us
(509) 248-2457
Yakima, WA

Dogs of the Gorge (D.O.G.)
(541) 978-0079
Wishram, WA

Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation (AARF)
info@myaarf.org
Seahurst, WA

Saving Great Animals
information@savinggreatanimals.org
Seattle, WA

Rescue Every Dog
support@rescueeverydog.org
Kingston, WA

Bullseye Dog Rescue
info@bullseyerescue.org
Seattle, WA

People United for Pets
info@pupdogrescue.org
Issaquah, WA

Pit Bull Rescue Central
Lees Summit, MO

Surrendering Your Pet to Our Shelter

An admission counseling consultation and appointment are required when surrendering your pet. Space and resources are limited and we are not able to accept walk-in surrenders. Appointments are scheduled as the shelter has the availability to accept them.

  • Fill out our Rehoming Support Inquiry Form.
    • If you feel that you have exhausted every effort to work with a behavior issue or rehome privately and would like to speak with a team member, please complete our Rehoming Support Inquiry Form. Our goal is to help pet owners find a loving home for their pets. We can best support you with this by knowing more about your pet.
  • Our Pet Support team will reach out.
    • Once all the information about your pet has been gathered and the counseling and evaluation are completed, we will discuss your options with you so you can make the best decision for your pet.
  • An appointment to surrender your pet may be scheduled.

Please bring your current ID, a copy of your pet’s veterinary records, and surrender fee payment to the appointment.

Surrendering Fees

Pets from Tacoma, Lakewood, Fircrest, Dupont, Steilacoom, South Prairie, Carbonado, Fife, University Place, City of Federal Way, unincorporated Pierce County, and JBLM

  • Dogs (two months and older): $75
  • Cats & rabbits (two months and older): $75, $50 for each additional from the same household
  • Litters of puppies or kittens: $15 each

Due to the level of care, we provide for each pet during its stay with us we do require a surrender fee. While we never want to turn away an animal in need, these fees help cover the costs of caring for your pet until it is adopted, including food, cleaning, vaccinations, and medical care. We are committed to finding loving homes for all healthy, adoptable pets. These fees can be paid by cash or card.

Pets from Other Locations

  • Dogs (two months and older): $150
  • Cats & rabbits (two months and older): $150, $85 for each additional from the same household
  • Litters of puppies or kittens: $15 each

Due to the level of care, we provide for each pet during its stay with us we do require a surrender fee. While we never want to turn away an animal in need, these fees help cover the costs of caring for your pet until it is adopted, including food, cleaning, vaccinations, and medical care. We are committed to finding loving homes for all healthy, adoptable pets. These fees can be paid by cash or card.

Contact Us

Need additional resources or further assistance with keeping your pet? Contact us at petsupport@thehumanesociety.org.

You can also call our pet support helpline at (253) 284 – 5836. Please leave a message and a Pet Support Counselor will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that this is not an emergency line and calls will be returned in the order they are received.