National adopt a shelter dog month

Tacoma and Pierce County Humane Society has several dogs looking for their fur-ever home.

When people think of October, they think of fall or Halloween. Little did you know, October is also known for National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Yes, it is a little less known compared to Halloween and everything else that comes to mind, but how fun would it be to have a costume buddy this spooky season?!

The Tacoma and Pierce County Humane Society has several Dogs waiting to be adopted. At the time of writing this piece, there were about 27 dogs waiting for a forever family. Included in this piece are several photos and personality write ups of some of those sweet pups. 

There are several ways to help these sweet faces even if you can’t adopt them or aren’t ready for the commitment. Lindsey Heaney, a worker at the Humane Society, talks about ways to help from volunteering to fostering their animals.

“The shelter is always in need of volunteers and fosters! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities to help animals in need and it’s a chance for the animals at the shelter to get additional love and socialization,” she said, “Anyone interested in volunteering can find more information and sign up for the next volunteer orientation on our website at”

Fostering one of these precious pups is also a great way to give them some much deserved love and affection even if you’re not quite ready for a forever commitment. Heaney explains their foster system as needed for animals who are not doing great in the shelter environment or have special circumstances like recovering from surgery.  

Whether it’s volunteering or adopting, these four-legged friends are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. 

About the dogs:

JACK –  Jack is a loyal 2-year-old Siberian husky who has been waiting for his forever home since June. He is a true extrovert and loves to be loved! He would be the perfect sidekick for outdoor adventures and would be a wonderful hype buddy on those long hikes. Jack would love a space with a fully fenced yard to get his energy out and would prefer a play buddy his own size if there are any other pets in the home. 

PUNKY – Punky is a sweet 3-year-old Labrador retriever mix who has been waiting for a home for over a month now. Her name might as well be “Spunky Punky”, with her courageous and determined spirit. She can be a bit shy at first, but with some love, patience, and treats her personality shines. Punky would be a great walking partner or adventure companion for any Pacific Northwest adventurers. She would prefer to go to a home without cats and would love to have a fully fenced yard to have plenty of space to play with her new people!

CHUMLY – Chumly is a 5-year-old chow chow mix who has been at the shelter since August. He has a legendary smile – you can’t help but smile back when you see him! He is a little shy at first, but once he gets comfortable, he’s ready for all the pets. Chumly’s perfect day would include some playing and exploring together, followed by curling up at your feet or on the couch.