Pierce County sees animal shelters reach capacity

The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is reaching out to the community to help care for animals in need of homes.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — Courtney Bodett said his wife went to see Graham to check on a family home last night, but then things took an expected turn when a kitten appeared.

“When she approached it, it was friendly,” Bodett said. “Then all the other cats came out of the bushes towards her, and the next thing I knew I got a phone call from her, saying, ‘We have nine cats.

The Bodetts decided to bring the cats to the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce Countybut they feared there was no room.

Currently, the animal shelter cares for over 700 animals, putting them at full capacity.

Lindsey Heaney said many pet owners in Pierce County are struggling to cope with rising costs for veterinary care, which is already in short supply.

Housing also plays a key role. According to Human Animal Support Services, based on the number of rent-overdue households in Pierce County, more than 21,000 pets could be left homeless in the next 30 to 90 days.

“It’s hard to keep up with the increase in rent, but also the costs associated with owning a pet,” Heaney said. “So the pet fee, a security deposit, as well as finding places that allow certain breed and weight restrictions, was very difficult.”

In order to attract future pet owners and free up space, the Humane Society has reduced its pet adoption fees.

Heaney hopes this will give community members the chance to find a new pet and give them a home.

“Being able to free up space in our kennels for more animals is really the goal, but also for our longer stay pets who have been here for a while, finally finding their forever homes would be really awesome, so adoptions are urgently needed for us,” she said.

Heaney went on to say that if you find a lost animal, it’s actually best to try to locate the owner first, as they’re likely nearby. If you are a pet owner and wish to give up your pet, Heaney recommends trying to find another home for the animal before bringing it to a shelter, which should be the last resort for pets, where animals can be housed for months. at a time.

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