Shelter dogs are mostly mixed breeds, but about 20% are purebreds.

Microchips are tiny computer chips the size of a rice grain. They are injected under the skin, and are as painless as a vaccine. When a hand-held scanner is passed over the pet, a unique microchip number is displayed. Using this number, the staff of a shelter, veterinary clinic, or other organization can contact the Microchip company, who in turn can contact you. The Humane Society can also contact you directly if the microchip information is in our database.

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Founded in 1888 to protect a bear cub illegally brought into town by a drunken logger, (as it was originally known) has grown to become one of the premier, and most progressive animal shelters in the country, assisting over 12,000 homeless animals each year. And, as if to demonstrate their innovative approach, Tacoma was one of the first to partner with Activ4Pets to provide adopters with our all-in-one mobile health solution. So, after adopting, they get their new pet’s complete medical history (and much ) right on their smart phone.

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See reviews, photos, directions, phone numbers and more for the best Animal Shelters in Tacoma, WA. For the first few decades, the Humane Society concentrated on protecting livestock, working animals, and children. As orphanages were established and machinery took over farm work, the Humane Society turned its attention to domestic pets. During the 30s and 40s, the Humane Society operated a shelter in the Oakland neighborhood of Tacoma. They rescued animals, found homes for strays, and sponsored an annual Mutt Show. The “city pound” was a separate facility on Center Street, and for decades the Humane Society petitioned to take over its operation. Finally, in the early 1950’s, the Humane Society got its wish, and moved to the building on Center Street, where it remains today.

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The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County has the largest selection of adoptable pets in Washington State. Each year, more than 6,000 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals 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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Losing a pet is a frightening and emotional time for both the owner and the lost pet. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County helps both owners and those who have found a stray animal to reunite with their family. Searching for a stray pet with our online listings below, telephone hotline, and at our shelter is the best way to locate a lost pet.Founded in 1888 by a handful of concerned citizens, The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County has grown into the state's largest animal welfare agency. We find loving homes for more than 6,000 pets a year, reunite thousands of lost pets with their owners, provide medical care for ill and injured shelter pets, and offer comprehensive low-cost spay-neuter programs.The best way to reunite an animal with its family is to bring him or her to the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County during . If you have found a pet during the hours the shelter is closed, please confine it until you can bring it to the shelter.The importance of can’t be overstated. Interestingly, a by Hartz Mountain Corporation showed the most important quality pet parents look for in a future companion animals is personality, followed by loyalty and obedience – with purity of the breed ranking last. Rescue groups and Animal shelters like Tacoma, are literally full of charismatic, healthy animals just waiting for a new family!