Adoption event highlights Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — An adoption event was held at the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society over the weekend in hopes of finding some furry friends a forever home.

The event highlighted the start of October as national Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month.

On Sunday, KIRO 7 was introduced to some of the dogs waiting to be adopted into a loving home.

KIRO 7′s Ranji Sinha got to meet some very specials pets—Chumley, Punky and Austin Powers—in the shelter’s lobby, where some other dogs met their new owners.

“Just in two days, we’ve gotten out, I believe, 60 plus animals so far. So that’s really, really huge in two days,” said Julie Busik, Adoption Services lead.

Now the shelter is trying to find people who would like to adopt and give the dogs a loving home.

As vaccination rates have increased, so have the number of people coming into the kennels.

“It is nice to be able to have people walk through now,” Busik said.

She said people are more willing to come out now and see a potential new best friend.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the shelter has followed strict rules and protocols. Many of the rules are still in place, but people can now get up close with the potential adoptees.

“We’ve been lucky that we’ve been able to kind of change our process back a little bit, so we’ve been able to have people come into the shelter now,” Busik said.

Busik said the surge of adoptions that happened at the start of the pandemic has waned, and the surge of pets over the summer that filled the shelter is no longer an issue.

The shelter did receive several dogs from a cruelty case in Federal Way, proving that the influx of pets never lets up.

KIRO 7 found out that adoption rates are leveling off and are closer to normal.

Busik hopes that inviting people in will make it easier to fall in love with the pets.

“A lot of times they just make that connection when they see them (the dogs), whether they were planning it or not, they take home a forever friend that day,” she said.