Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Cute Cat

Each spring thousands of kittens are born, adding to the millions of cats already housed in a shelter setting.  That means our local shelters and foster-based rescue groups have many adorable kittens to choose from in addition to older, more mellow cats.  A term used regularly in animal welfare is “kitten season” and while it…

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Timid Pets: What this means and how you can help


President Franklin Roosevelt said in his inauguration speech, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” At this time, the country was in the middle of the worst depression it had ever experienced, but his words can certainly apply to many situations in current time. He further described that fear as “nameless, unreasoning,…

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Merger Annoucement

Secretary of State, Kim Wyman has issued a Certificate of Merger, effective January 29th, 2021 for Auburn Valley Humane Society and Northwest Spay and Neuter Center.  The two organizations have a natural synergy, and the forecast for this collaborative merger is a big win for the Washington State animal welfare community.  The merged organization can…

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National Lost Pet Prevention Month

Dog on Concrete

Did you know that each year, approximately 10 million pets are lost in the United States? It’s even more astonishing to know that of those animals, its estimated that 80% of them are not found or return home. Spaying or neutering your pet greatly reduced the risk of your pet roaming away from home. An…

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K9 Officer Hanz Retires

K 9 officer Hanz

Last month, a very special member of the Pierce County Sheriff’s department, and a familiar snout around Whiskers Wine and Dine, hung up his vest and badge after many years of faithful service to the residents of Pierce County. Our beloved K9 Hanz retired from the Sheriff’s Department after serving for over 6 years on…

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April Showers are Bringing May Flowers

With increased time at home, perhaps you’ve had the chance to plant that garden that has been on the home improvement list for some time now.  If you have pets at home, it’s important to know that while beautiful, not all plants are safe for all pets. The weather has turned sunny and warm, and…

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Adjustments related to COVID-19

COVID-19 is creating new needs, while putting enormous financial pressure on all nonprofits of all kinds. From medical and public health needs related to the response to economic uncertainty impacting vulnerable populations, the COVID-19 pandemic is creating unmet needs above and beyond the usual. The nonprofits working directly to meet those needs require more resources…

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Valentine’s Day and Pets

While we at Northwest Spay and Neuter Center believe the best Valentine’s gift you can give your pet is the gift of a longer and healthier life without the burden of litters and pesky hormonal cycles, you likely agree with us.  Let’s talk a little about things to look out for throughout this season of…

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STORY BY HILLARY WHITTLE, CLINICAL ASSISTANT Since the moment I laid eyes on him my heart stopped. His short front legs dangling from the arms of the foster mother who was holding him. He saw me and I lost all sense of doubt when his little tail swayed vigorously back and forth. THIS was my…

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It’s Pumpkin Spice Season!

So this seems like a fine opportunity to talk about orange tabbies. Here at Northwest Spay and Neuter Center, we see 13,000 pets per year. We see more cats than dogs, and we see so many orange tabbies! Here are some fun facts about these great cats: Orange tabbies don’t all present in the exact…

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