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Adopt - Adopt - Adopt
We have many kittens, cats and dogs that would love to have a furever home. Our adoption hours are Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m (but please plan to arrive no later than 2 p.m. as it takes time to meet our animals and if you wish to fill out an adoption form, that takes a few minutes). The adoption will take at least one week as our volunteers do call references and a home visit.
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Our Mission and Our Capacity
Our Mission is to assist abused, abandoned and stray animals. Many times we are approached by people who would like to bring a pet to us. We really hate to say no, however, we have found that a cat used to a home has a hard time adjusting to living in a cat colony - our animals are not kept in cages (except to introduce them to a room/protect them after surgery or some similar reason). It is so hard for the pet to understand the change from "only" or one of two/a few to having 10 or more roommates.
We do try to keep up with other area rescues and refer to them for pet placements or specific breeds and there are links on our website to Spay/Neuter programs. We encourage Trap Neuter Release - feral cat colonies can expand rapidly without a program such as this.
In the meantime, if you are looking for a Special Companion (one that loves unconditionally), please come by during our Saturday Open Hours. We have wonderful volunteers who can assist you in determining who among our numerous "guests", might be a good fit in your home.
Our shelter has one full time employee and several part time staff. They do a lot with a little and appreciate all that the volunteers do to make those jobs easier. The Board appreciates it because it really helps keep the cost of running our facilities lower so we can devote resources to the medical care and comfort of the animals. We have five rooms of animals that are considered by most people to be "unadoptable" because of their medical needs or age. We keep those animals as healthy and comfortable as we can for as long as we can.
Please note the duties can be a little challenging: Most of the cats are free roaming in rooms where they interact with the other cats and volunteers. The cat volunteer position is about 2 1/2 hours of training and requires cleaning of litter pans, replenishing food and water bowls and general cleaning of the room including the floors. A dog volunteer position also takes about 2 1/2 hours of training, can involve walking large dogs, feeding and cleaning the kennel runs.
Both positions have the reward of interacting with the animals by brushing or sitting and playing with them after the hard work is done!