Stay up to date on all the ways the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is Making Happy Happen in the shelter and out in the community!

Meet Munich

Munich can be a bit shy, but once you gain his trust, he'll be smiling from pointy ear to pointy ear!

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Star Search Contest

Have you entered your pet's photo into the Star Search Photo Contest yet? 

Don't miss the chance to earn points with your pet by making them a star! Whether they're furry, feathered, or scaly, your best friend could be featured, front and center, on one of our shelter's transport vans. People will stop and stare in adoration when they see your precious pet drive by!

Plus, all entrants who submit their pet’s photo before Friday, February 24, at midnight will receive 50 complimentary votes!

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World Spay Day

This month, in honor of World Spay Day on February 28, we are partnering with a number of other organizations to help tackle pet overpopulation in our community. Collectively, our goal is to spay and neuter 3,352 pets!

We're partnering with Pasado's Safe Haven during February to host a spay and neuter clinic for the many Pierce County pet guardians who have been waiting for low-cost spay and neuter services.

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Meet Cherelle

Meet the shelter's Purchasing Coordinator, Cherelle Eleby! Cherelle makes sure the shelter has all the supplies and resources needed in order to care for around 10,000 animals every year. 

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Amazon Ends Smile Program

More like Amazon Frown, right?! You may have heard that Amazon is removing their nonprofit giveback program and trust us - we also think it's disappointing. Unfortunate as this is, we have plenty of other ways for you to support our shelter! Choose one (or all of them) to help save thousands of animals every year!


Fred Meyer Community Rewards

Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County, and every time you shop, you will help us earn a donation from Fred Meyer to support our programs.


You will continue to receive your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and rebates when participating in this program, so why not?

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Workplace Giving

Many employers make it easy for you to help animals through workplace giving programs, including the United Way, the Combined Federal Campaign, and the Washington State Combined Fund Drive.


Ask your employer if they match donations! Some businesses match the gifts (or the volunteer time) of employees — increasing what your donation can do for homeless pets.

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Become a Monthly Donor

Recurring monthly donations are vital to the health of our current and future programs. Choose a gift amount that is meaningful to you and on a schedule you select. It's a convenient way to give and you can make changes to your giving at any time!

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Affordable Dog Training Now Available

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with GoodPup to provide our adopters, fosters, and animal-loving community with convenient, affordable, science-backed dog training.


GoodPup offers individualized attention, motivation, and guidance from experienced private trainers - anytime, anywhere. Trainers tailor techniques to your dog and home, provide alternate strategies when something isn’t working, and are always there to answer your questions.


We hope you’ll join GoodPup in their mission to develop stronger bonds, healthier relationships, and better communication with our pets. The best part? When you use our unique URL to sign up, you’ll receive one free week of training, and discounted rates. Plus, GoodPup donates to our shelter for every person who signs up for training!

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Keeping Your Pets Safe During Winter Weather

While we are in the midst of the current cold snap, it seemed like a great time for a refresher on cold weather safety! Our staff and volunteers work hard to ensure that the animals at our shelter are safe and warm, but we want to make sure you have the information you need to keep pets safe during this winter weather.


  • No pet should be left outside for long periods in below-freezing temperatures.
  • Community or “feral” cats have likely found a warm hiding place, but providing shelter is ideal. Styrofoam coolers act as low-cost and efficient shelters. Simply cut a hole for entry on the long side, stuff it with a straw, and replace the lid.
  • Pets burn extra energy trying to stay warm, so feeding your pet a little extra during mealtime can provide much-needed calories. As always, make sure your pet has plenty of drinking water available.
  • If you see an animal outside and are concerned for its well-being, please contact your local Animal Control Office. If you see an animal in distress, call 911.

Upcoming Family Events

The shelter’s Humane Education Program offers in-person and virtual presentations for local classrooms and organizations! These presentations help inspire children to learn compassion and respect for animals. Here are some upcoming events that are sure to be fun for the whole family:

Creating a Kinder World for Animals

February 25th, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

5107 112th Street East in Tacoma, WA

In partnership with Pierce County Library, we'll be hosting an engaging presentation to help provide children with knowledge on how to treat animals, how to care for them, and how to communicate with them. For those ready to welcome a furry friend into the family, you'll be able to meet several adoptable pets following the presentation.

Brick by Brick

March 9th from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm 

215 South 56th Street in Tacoma, WA

Join us and the Tacoma Public Library for Brick by Brick! Learn more about being a good friend to animals while building your own LEGO animals. All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Thank You, ASPCA!

The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County has recently received a grant award from the ASPCA Northern Tier Shelter Initiative! The grant funds supported improvements in 12 dog kennels, including the installation of portal doors and visual barriers, as well as the addition of durable beds. 

This funding has helped our shelter reduce stress and anxiety for dogs on confiscate holds or quarantines who are housed in these kennels for long periods of time. Dogs like Jack, who spend several months in our care, have more freedom of movement, a more comfortable environment, and a place to hide from dogs or people walking by. 

Jack, who is now adopted, and hundreds of other dogs will benefit from these kennel improvements over the next several years. Thank you, ASPCA NTSI for your support! 

January 2023 Adoptions

Thank you to our Pillar of Hope sponsor

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