Adoptions of Furry Friends Increase to Combat Isolation

The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County reports a surge in adoptions due to stay home order.

Spending your days at home and inside can get monotonous and lonely, especially if your household size is minimal. That’s why many have been opening their spaces and hearts to new forms of companionship — adopting and fostering pets to spend some quality time with during these exceptionally isolating times.

Within this past month, the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County has seen a drastic increase in the amount of animal adoptions. As of this past March, 337 pets were able to find new homes, which was an increase of more than 50 adoptions over the month prior. Cats specifically have been increasingly sought after, with the Humane Society recently reporting not a single cat left available to adopt.

The Humane Society has also seen cases of long-time shelter dogs finally finding homes due to the surge in adoptions.

For example, Mikey, a 2-year-old brindle Pit Bull mix had been with the Humane Society since October of 2019, coming in as a stray with an infected claw and in terrible health. Since then, Mikey has had his claw fixed and removed, and is back to a healthy weight. Beloved by so many at the shelter, he joined in on various off-site adventures and sleepovers. Still on the search for the perfect home, it was a little bit more difficult for Mikey since he was a younger and larger dog that had lots of energy and needed a family that would be a good fit for him. Finally, after 143 days at the shelter, Mikey found his fur-ever home on March 14.

Athena, another long-time shelter resident, was also adopted recently. A 5-year-old Pit Bull mix, this little lady was very scared and shy, however became very close with many of the staff members and volunteers. Like Mikey, Athena would go on many fun off-site adventures and sleepovers, and was even fostered for a few months by one of the shelter volunteers. Finally, after one year, one month, and five days at the Humane Society, she was adopted! Her adopter Cathy shared, “We had a pretty rough 48 hours, and I was beginning to have doubts. Then Thena (new variation of her old name) realized this is where she belongs, and every day is better than the day before. She has settled right in and become part of our small family. She enjoys her daily walks, and is our constant shadow. My husband even let’s her sleep in our bed — a first in our 23-year marriage! You were so right to bring her to us — she’s a wonderful girl and we simply couldn’t be any happier.”

Still considered an essential business, the shelter has remained open, however has cut down on some of its regular services in order to ensure employees and animals are staying as safe and healthy as possible. The remaining services being offered currently include; adoption services for those serious about adopting a pet, stray walkthroughs/intakes for those looking for their lost pet or who have found a lost pet, as well as end of life services. The number of individuals allowed in the lobby has also been limited to five people at a time to ensure the safety of the building, staff, and visitors.

Be sure to check out the Tacoma Humane Society website to see if one of the pets available is right for you!

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