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Our mission is to serve the citizens of Mason County by accepting stray or unwanted dogs and placing them in new homes through our Adoption Program. The Spay and Neuter Program offers financial assistance to help families care for and keep their pets.
In 1979, seven Mason County residents saw the need of finding homes for the unwanted dogs in Shelton, Washington. Calling themselves the "Looking for a Home" team, they built two wooden kennels and a chain link fence in the backyard of a volunteer's home. The number of abandoned dogs needing a home increased and by 1980 "Looking for a Home" had expanded, adding four new kennels and became a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. In July, 1983, the organization changed its name to ADOPT-A-PET. Our spay/neuter program began in 1985, making it the only one in Mason County at that time.
ADOPT-A-PET has continued to expand over the years because of the generous financial support of its members, volunteers, and community. ADOPT-A-PET currently has 71 members and 37 active volunteers. The shelter can accommodate 35 dogs and supports Mason County by providing adoptions, a low-cost spay/neuter program and distributing dog food to families in need.
In 2018 ADOPT-A-PET partnered with Concern for Animals to provide funds to help Mason County low income families provide medical services for their dogs so that they might be able to keep their pets at home. In addition, Adopt-A-PET is working with Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center to provide financial support to victims of domestic abuse who want to take their pets with them to the shelter.