Thanks for joining us for this discussion about pets in Tacoma. Whether you are a current owner or trying to find a new special friend we hope some of the information on this page will help you out.
The best Tacoma pet stores seems like the most natural place for us to begin. We figure since they are a good place to buy puppies, kittens, toys, food, and supplies they are likely why many of you found our site.
After that we will move on to animal shelters for dog or cat adoption. With so much overpopulation the adoption route is the choice of many these days and we certainly won’t argue against that.
The next few topics will all be for the dog lovers who are joining us. Dog parks, puppy trainers near you, and dog bakeries will be discussed in full detail.
Then we will jump into grooming and dog or cat cafes around the area. Hotels that allow pets to check in will also get their own section for any visitors to the city.
Or if you are planning to leave home for some time we will mention the best places for pet boarding near you. At the end we will get into some unfortunate topics like veterinarians and dog or cat cremation.
At the end there is a map to help you figure out which places are closest to your current area. For more of our Pacific Northwest local pet guides click there.
Best Pet Stores In Tacoma
It doesn’t matter if you are trying to add a member to your family or just need some new toys, food, or supplies the best pet stores in Tacoma would be:
- Next to Nature at 2339 Tacoma Ave S
- Lucky Dog Outfitters at 3411 6th Ave
Both of the above will have a wide variety of natural and healthy pet foods for dogs, cats, rodents, birds, and reptiles. They will also have all kinds of supplies like collars, leashes, carriers, and more.
Animal Shelters & Adoption
The local animal shelter at The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is a great place to go to adopt dogs, cats, or maybe even other pets. In addition to being an animal shelter with adoptions they can also help with microchipping or pet euthanasia in their location at 2608 Center Street.
If you are in a situation involving a lost or found dog, cat, or other pet they are also one of your best contacts.
Few things will make them more excited than spending some time at one of these dog parks near you:
- Point Defiance Park
- Chambers Bay Off-Leash Park & Beach
- Wapato Park Off-Leash Dog Park
- Rogers Dog Park
- McKinley Park
- Wright Park
These puppy trainers near you will have them following orders in no time:
- Positive Approach Dog Training & Daycare at 1301 S Center St
- Dog Gone Good Training at 5624 S Durango St #2621
- Modern Day Dog Training at 6736 S Tyler St
- Good Citizen Dog at 3708 Commencement Bay Dr
- Canyon Crest K-9 Training Center at 4515 Vickery Ave E
There will be a variety of options at the above ranging from group puppy training classes to private dog training courses. Positive Approach Dog Training & Daycare will do the training in their facility, at your home, or wherever you prefer.
Dog Gone Good Training also sets up puppy play dates in addition to the training lessons. Modern Day Dog Training and Good Citizen Dog will also do in home lessons.
In addition to training and boarding Canyon Crest K-9 Training Center also has a breeding program. You can also try out the pet training at Wet Noses Dry Paws and The Muttropolitan.
These dog bakeries are where to go on a special occasion:
- Stubs & Tails Farm
- The Soggy Doggy at 7518 40th St W
All of the homemade dog treats, cakes, cupcakes, and cookies from Stubs and Tails dog bakery are made with natural organic ingredients. We could have listed The Soggy Doggy in the grooming list but since we already had a few pet spas we thought they were better off here.
Tacoma Pet Grooming
These Tacoma pet groomers will get your dog or cat looking better than ever:
- Clip-N-Clean Pet Salon at 1210 S Proctor St
- Tacoma’s Best Pet Grooming at 3411 6th Ave
- Shampooch at 3219 6th Ave
In addition to full pet grooming Clip-N-Clean Pet Salon also has a daycare and overnight boarding facility. Shampooch will do the full pet grooming for you, or you can use their self-serve dog bath station.
Some of the other spots we are mentioning in different lists also do pet grooming like The Soggy Doggy, Positive Approach Dog Training & Daycare, and The Muttropolitan.
Catffeinated at 2515 6th Avenue is a cat cafe and not an all pet cafe. That means showing up with a dog or other pet would not be wise.
With that said it is a great place to go enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the cats play in the Kitty Playground. Plus many of the cats at the cafe are adoptable.
And the Wet Noses Dry Paws boarding facility also has a dog bar where you can drink some beers while your dog makes some new friends.
Hotels That Allow Pets
For a local pet friendly hotel try:
- La Quinta Inn & Suites at 1425 E 27th St
- Comfort Inn at 8820 S Hosmer St
- Clarion Inn at 6802 Tacoma Mall Blvd
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 2102 S C St
- Motel 6 at 1811 S 76th St
Pet Boarding In Tacoma
One of these Tacoma pet boarding services are where to go when you need to take a trip:
- Country Kennels at 11812 8th Ave E
- Biscuits Doggie Daycare at 6802 6th Ave
- Wet Noses Dry Paws at 411 Fawcett Ave
- The Muttropolitan Dog Daycare & Boarding at 5411 S Tacoma Way
Country Kennels and Biscuits Doggie Daycare also offer dog washes in addition to daycare and boarding. Earlier we mentioned that Wet Noses Dry Paws has a dog bar where you can drink liquor while the dogs play.
They also have an indoor dog-park that your little buddy will love. Positive Approach Dog Training & Daycare also provides grooming services, while The Muttropolitan has specialty boarding, on-leash training, and has a pet spa.
More places that provide pet boarding near you that we have mentioned throughout the post include Clip-N-Clean Pet Salon, Stubs and Tails, Positive Approach Dog Training & Daycare, and Canyon Crest K-9 Training Center.
Best Veterinarians Near You
Get your animals the quality medical attention they deserve from one of the best veterinarians in town:
- Summit Veterinary Referral Center at 2505 S 80th St
- BluePearl Pet Hospital at 5608 S Durango St
- Soundview Veterinary Hospital at 2719 N Pearl St
- Union Avenue Veterinary Hospital at 3322 S Union Ave
- Animal Hospital of Parkland at 12212 Pacific Ave S
All of the above should be able to provide basic health care for animals like flea and tick prevention, parasite control, vaccinations, microchipping, and standard pet surgeries. You can get 24 hour emergency veterinary care for pets at BluePearl Pet Hospital.
In addition to urgent or critical care they also do vet services for exotic animals.
Pet Cremation & Euthanization
When the sad day comes you can get your dog, cat, or other pet cremated at:
Not only does Doorstep Veterinary Services do in-home pet euthanasia but they can also do other medical treatment for animals at your home like flea and tick prevention or parasite treatment. The Good Life also provides in-home pet hospice or euthanasia services.
You can read more about getting a pet license in Tacoma at that link. You may also want to read some of our other guides for these nearby cities:
Have Fun With Your Pets In Tacoma
We tried to cover the scene in full for you today. You just read about quite a few pet stores, animal shelters, adoptions, dog parks, puppy trainers, bakeries, groomers, cafes, hotels that allow pets, places to board your dogs or cats, and even veterinarian or cremation services.
We are sure that our readers would really appreciate it if you could let us know if you noticed anything incorrect, or if you could share your own local pet tricks and tips. Hopefully you have a great time visiting any Tacoma pet stores, shelters, dog parks, or whatever places you learned about on this page.