Pet of the Month


Noelle is a Belgian Malinois (pronounced mal-in-wah) and alive today because the FAYMAS mission includes Improving the Quality of Shelter Animals’ Lives by paying for extraordinary veterinary expenses.

Yes, Noelle is a pure breed pup which is unusual for the Metro Animal Shelter. Seldom does the shelter receive pure breeds unless there are issues. In this case, Noelle was dropped off because she had a life threatening medical complication, one the owner did not want to deal with. It was evident to the staff at Metro, Noelle had to see a veterinarian right away and FAYMAS agreed to pay extraordinary costs. Firgrove Veterinary Hospital, which has provided pro bono dental and other care for Metro and has become a new contract veterinarian hospital for the shelter, found she had a telescoping intestine and performed surgery immediately. 

“Intussusception” as it’s called is uncommon, but potentially life-threatening and can occur in dogs and cats of all ages, but puppies and kittens are the most likely ones to develop the problem. Noelle was also diagnosed with two types of intestinal parasites which can also be a cause.

Today, Noelle (now called “Payton”) is a much happier pup. She’s still being treated, but the outlook is bright. She’s on a farm which is an ideal place for this breed of dog.

Her fawn-colored coat and black mask may mean people will mistake her for a small German Shepherd, but the Malinois is a distinct breed known for herding. They are also known for their intelligence, rapid learning ability and drive. She’ll be able to put all that to good use with her new owners. Metro carefully screened her new Forever Family to assure this special girl will have a second chance at a long and productive life.

Thank you Firgrove Veterinary Clinic, Metro Animal Shelter, and Noelle/Payton's new Forever Family!

You can help with our ongoing work by joining FAYMAS. For a small annual fee, You Can Make A Difference!

Friends At Your Metro Animal Shelter



We are a  FAYMAS and diverse group - young and old, men and women with a variety of backgrounds, education and life experiences. We have one thing in common - a heart for animals, particularly those who can't help themselves. One of the Friends was quoted as saying,

"My pets have been my best friends for as long as I can remember. They cheer me up when I am feeling blue and share in my excitement when I am celebrating. It is a very comforting feeling knowing that my dog will greet me tail-wagging and will instantly brighten up my day as soon as I walk through the door. I haven’t yet met a human that has that same effect on me. There are some people in this world, however, that do not share these feelings. Whatever the circumstances may be, the animal shelter is a safe haven for these pets."

Help us make sure the shelter is a place of comfort for the pets and a bridge to their forever families.


Featured Stories

 Oscar Says Thanks

It's always nice to hear from families who have adopted from the Metro Animal Shelter. It's even better to hear from the pet!

Here is what Oscar wrote to the staff at the shelter earlier this year:

Next month will be my 4th birthday and BOY has my life changed! This time last year, I was abandoned until someone brought me to your shelter. Then my photo appeared on the Metro Facebook page and Dad and Mom saw my pathetic picture and both agreed - I was to be their dog! (That's the picture above).

The very first night, I was sleeping on their bed and though it took a little while for me to get used to their four cats (yes, 4), we all get along just fine.

At Christmas, I had my own stocking and it was filled with squeaky balls (my favorite!). I LOVE not only to chase balls, but I can actually chew to get the best squeaks our of them. Yes, I am quite talented, but MOST OF ALL, I am SO lucky to be here and wanted you all to know.

THANK YOU for helping me find my forever home!!!


FAYMAS, Metro and our furry friends all need your help. Please continue to help FAYMAS make a difference. Join FAYMAS or donate today. Thank you.

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FAYMAS 2017 Calendar Sponsors

Thank you to the local businesses who are showing their support for our furry friends looking for their forever home! We're so glad to have you as part of the FAYMAS Family!

Proceeds from the 2017 calendar will:

  • Pay for extraordinary veterinary expenses and vaccines
  • Subsidize adoption fees for cats and dogs 8 years of age and older
  • Subsidize adoption fees when the shelter is experiencing a "full house."
  • Pay the $30 fee for microchips for animals found by owners at the shelter

Sponsorships are tax deductible! Sponsors are recognized in the calendar and have the option of a page ad. Calendars are available at the Metro Animal Shelter and online from the FAYMAS website. Click 2017 Calendar above.


Big Foot Java

City of Algona - Mayor David Hill

City of Sumner Employees

Cooksey's Auto Repair

FAYMAS Members

FAYMAS Board of Directors

Korum Automotive Group

McLendon Hardware

Metals Express, Inc.

Puyallup Valley Veterinary Clinic

Sumner Veterinary Hospital

Volkswagen of Puyallup

Cathy Morris & Vickie Jennings

  Windermere Real Estate  

"Friends At Your Metro Animal Shelter" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. PO Box 163, Puyallup, WA 98371. 

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