Shelter resumes accepting, adopting dogs
The City’s Animal Shelter began taking in dogs again Monday, May 15, after stopping intake two weeks ago to monitor for canine distemper. Dog adoptions will resume Monday, May 22.
Working with the state health department, the shelter stemmed the spread of the disease. Distemper is caused by a highly contagious virus that affects dogs’ intestines, breathing and nervous systems. It is usually transmitted through fluids and is often carried by varmints. It cannot be cured and is often fatal. Vaccinating dogs prevents distemper. Cats cannot get distemper.
After reviewing how it houses animals, the shelter’s staff will separate lost and stray dogs brought to the shelter from the rest of the population. Once they are proven to be healthy, strays will be moved into general population kennels.
The change could mean that when the area for strays is full, the shelter will deny intake until space opens. That will ensure that potentially diseased animals are kept away from healthy dogs.
“We hope we never have to turn animals away,” said James Flores, who manages the shelter. “But this experience has made clear the need to keep dogs we don’t know to be healthy away from those we do. Again, distemper is prevented through vaccination. Like spay and neuter, making sure your dog gets its shots is key to having a healthy pet.”
Adoption fees include the cost of the spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, microchipping and City registration.
$65 - Spay/Neuter
$10 - Rabies vaccine
$10 - Microchip
Total = $85
$45 - Spay/Neuter
$5 - Rabies vaccine/Microchip
Total = $50
View the pets available for adoption by clicking here.
You can start the adoption process by printing and filling out a dog adoption application or this cat adoption application. The application is also available as an online form for adopting a dog or for adopting a cat.
How you can help
To volunteer at the Animal Shelter, you must be 18 years of age or accompanied by a parent/guardian. Children are not permitted to work with animals at the shelter. However, minors may help with the Mobile Pet Adoption.
Please wear clothes you can get dirty in, along with close-toed shoes. Volunteers are most needed with mobile adoptions, bathing and cleaning the animals, cleaning up, picking up trash and mowing.
The Animal Shelter also accepts donations. Our wish list includes:
- Monetary contributions
- Dog food (for a food pantry)
- Microwave rice, chicken and hot dogs
- Leashes, collars, harnesses
- Stainless steel bowls
- Flea combs
- Sanitation materials
- Bath towels
- Dish soap
- Oatmeal-based pet shampoo
- Paper towels
- Dress-shirt boxes
- Non-clumping cat litter
- Snare poles
Please NO toys, treats or beds.