By state law, an animal entering an animal shelter as a stray must be held for a minimum of 7 days before being adopted or euthanized. Animals surrendered by their owners can be made available for adoption immediately.
There is no set time limit or expiration date for the animals at the shelter. In general, as long as the animal remains adoptable, the animal is coping adequately with the stress of shelter life & there is space to humanely house the animal, we will continue to provide shelter & care for the animal and to make every reasonable effort to find the animal a good home or a place in a reputable rescue.
The term spay is used for females only, and males are neutered. But it gets a little tricky here - neuter can also be used when referring to a female. Basically "neuter" covers everyone, and "spay" covers only females.
Shelter animals are provided with vaccines, heartworm tests (for dogs), internal & external parasite control, microchips, ID tags, nutrition, as well as the cost of performing the spay/neuter surgery on each pet when it gets adopted. The adoption fees cover only a portion of the cost of these items. Please also keep in mind the other costs associated with operating a facility including utilities, supplies, insurances, staffing etc.
If you think our prices are high, please research the costs of the medical services provided to our adopted pets if you were to go through your local veterinary office. You'll find that the cost will be much greater than our adoption fee.
We often try to hold special adoption price breaks/incentives in order to get animals into loving homes more quickly, but we can only do this as funding allows.
In order for the shelter to survive, while upholding the mission of putting pets in responsible homes, we must be able to cover the cost of providing our animals with care and basic medical services.
Potential adopters should be aware of the annual & lifetime costs of pet ownership. If you have a basic knowledge of veterinary costs for cats & dogs you will understand why we cannot simply "give away" animals and what a true value our adoptions fees are.
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