Submitted by Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County.
The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County set a record-breaking milestone with the most adoptions in a single month in over 20 years.
The shelter had a total of 701 adoptions in August, with 422 of those adoptions occurring during the shelter’s ‘Clear The Shelters’ event. Currently, there are over 50 animals still available for adoption.
“We really appreciate all the support from the community and we’re ecstatic that so many animals found their forever homes,” says Lindsey Heaney, communications manager at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. “We hope to see the momentum for adopting and fostering continue as we anticipate even more animals coming through our doors in need of care.”
According to the Human Animal Support Services’ Pet Eviction Calculator, there are currently 22,837 pets at risk of being evicted with their owners in the next 30-90 days in Pierce County.
As of July, the shelter saw an increase in animals coming into the shelter this year. In addition to a rise in inquiries from local pet owners in need of assistance due to affordable housing issues, limited pet-friendly housing options, and the rising cost of veterinary care.
“We’ve received an increase in calls and inquiries from local pet owners struggling to afford rising costs,” says Mary Storey, community services manager at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. “Our Pet Support team is here to help keep pets with their people. We offer resources, counseling, as well as support for pet owners who are in unfortunate situations.”
The shelter offers a Pet Food Pantry for free pet food for the local community as well as a host of other resources. Pet owners in the community struggling to keep their pets can get more information and reach out for assistance on the shelter’s website at: www.thehumanesociety.org/pet-owner-resources.