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Located on the banks of the Puget Sound, the scenic city of Tacoma has a range of services that offer care and compassion to animals. The story of the Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County reflects the culture and history of this Pacific Northwest community. In 1888, when Tacoma was a frontier town, a logger brought a baby bear cub into town and started kicking it to make it perform tricks. The people gathered, summoned the Justice of Peace and had the man arrested. That same week, a group of town leaders assembled and formed this humane society, the fourth in the nation. 

At first, the society worked to the benefit of children, livestock and working animals. As conditions changed, the mission shifted to companion animals and pets. Today, The Humane Society shelters more than 12,000 animals every year, maintains more than a dozen Humane Programs, and is at the forefront of progressive animal welfare. This is "paw-sitively" an exceptional organization with services that include a pet food bank, pet loss grief support group,  spay and neuter services, microchip plus foster and adoption services. 

With a commitment to saving lives, the volunteers help save as many animal lives as possible by collaborating with and supporting both local and out-of-state shelters, rescue groups, and animal welfare programs who find themselves overwhelmed by full kennels. They provide education and bi-annual newsletters with updates and tips. Donors help to raise funds for veterinary care as well as helping with the costs of saving lives.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Tacoma

  • Admission $25.00
    Month September
    Duration 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

    #1 Dog Gone Run

    How about a fun day running with your dog? The metro "bark" of Tacoma offers an annual dog run for pooches of all breeds and their jogging humans. This 2-mile race also features a special Pooch Pool Party in the which the dog-letes can paddle around with other dogs, jump into the Lazy River and splash in the sprayground. Add $5.00 to your entry fee for the water play fun! Grab your sneakers, leash and throw 2 towels in the car - one for you and one for your pup!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    #2 Barkoween Costume Party at the Wet Noses Dry Paws Indoor Dog Park

    Each October, the Wet Noses Dry Paws Indoor Dog Park has a special party for costumed canines! The Barkoween Costume Party is a special day that features a pet costume contest, treats for tricks, a pie eating contest, and bobbing for hot dogs. There are beverages and treats for humans, too! During the rest of the year, you may find time to take your Fido to play at this indoor park that features 6,000 square feet of play area. There is a built in turf potty zone, tennis balls, and agility equipment as well!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn - Dusk, Year...

    #3 Jack Hyde Park on Commencement Bay

    Soak in the splendor of the fresh air and water as you take your leashed dog for a walk along the waterfront at the Jack Hyde Park on Commencement Bay. This five-acre "bark" is in the Old Town area where you can also wander to pick up a snack or refreshment!  Watch the people play in their jet skis and kayaks. This lovely park is known for the views, benches, walking trails, and statues. It's a place for paws with their partners to be happy together!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk, Year-R...

    #4 Tee-Time at the Chambers Bay Golf Course

    The Chambers Bay Golf Course is home to the 2015 U.S. Open Golf Tournament! It has a gorgeous view of the Chambers Bay and area. True to the history of golf, it is a walking course. As such this bountiful setting has paved walking paths that run the entire course. When you reach the south end, your dog can look forward to going off leash for more play and exercise in the Chambers Bay Off-Leash Dog Park!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk, Year R...

    #5 Picnic at the Browns Point Lighthouse Park

    Savor the sea and majesty of the nearby mountains as you take in the fresh air with your leashed companion at the Browns Point Lighthouse Park. The park is one of many metro parks in the Tacoma area. This historical landmark has an area for picnics, making it a perfect place to walk, run, rest, eat, and explore. There are "tails" to be told of the stories of the lighthouse and the sea! Bring a good book and plan to rest on the porch with your pooch in a rocking chair.
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