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Are you a "no-kill" shelter?

Angels for Animals is a limited access shelter.  We only euthanize animals accepted into our shelter for medical and temperament reasons. Our current shelter animals are not euthanized due to space, age, breed or handicap.  We do not believe in killing adoptable pets and that is why we desperately need foster homes. We are asked to take in many more animals than we can adopt out.  A good death is better than a bad life

I need to "get rid of" my dog today.  Can I bring it to you?

Again Angels is a limited access shelter. If you need to re-home a dog today and we are unable to take them due to space can foster the animal until we have space at which point you will sign the animal over to us and bring them to the shelter. If you are unable to foster the dog and we are at full capacity, your only other choice is your local pound or other rescue organization

There is a stray dog in my yard...can you come and get it?

No, we are a private shelter and legally cannot do humane enforcement or animal pick-ups. Contact your local dog warden or humane society.

It says on your website that the animal I like is in foster care.  What is this?

Foster care is a temporary home for the animals that we take in.  This way they have time to be spayed or neutered, get up to date on shots, or wait until we have space for them at the shelter. We call them in when space becomes available at the shelter.

I want to adopt a dog but I have another dog at home.  Do I need to bring her/him in?

Yes. We need to see how well your current pet will get along with your potential new pet and possibly make other recommendations if it isn't going to work out. If you currently have a cat make sure to let our dog manager know so we can make sure the dog you are interested in is cat friendly.

What do I need to do to be able to adopt a dog or cat?

  • Your current pets in the home must be fully vaccinated and you must have paperwork or provide the name and phone number of your veterinarian so we can verify.

  • Your current pets must be spayed/neutered, if they are not already you can make an appointment with our spay/neuter clinic.

  • You must have an established veterinary clinic.

  • If this is your first pet and you donít have a preferred veterinary clinic let us know what clinic you plan to use.

What if I am leasing or renting a property or apartment?

If you are currently leasing or renting a property or apartment you must provide the name and phone number of your landlord so we can verify that you are legally allowed to own a pet


Is the surgery dangerous?

Although there is always a risk to patients undergoing general anesthesia, spaying and neutering are routine procedures and are generally very safe. We offer pre-surgical bloodwork as well as a full comprehensive panel of bloodwork to help rule out any underlying conditions that may cause difficulty for your pet.

Is the spay or neuter operation painful?

Spay or neuter surgeries are performed under general anesthesia and, therefore, your pet does not feel pain during the procedure. Animals may experience some discomfort after surgery. However, the discomfort does not typically last long and is controllable with medication.

How old should my pet be when it is spayed or neutered?

Kittens and puppies as young as eight weeks may be spayed or neutered. Ideally, cats and dogs between 2-6 months of age should receive surgery, although older pets can be safely spayed or neutered as well. Generally, the younger the animal the faster the recovery and the less chance of an undesired pregnancy.

Will spaying and neutering make my pet gain weight?

Spaying or neutering will lower your petís metabolism over time. This can cause weight gain if your pet is not getting the correct diet or exercise. Metabolism lowers naturally as your pet ages so itís important to give them the correct diet and exercise depending on their age and life stage.

What are some of the advantages of having my pet spayed or neutered?

There are both behavioral and health benefits to spaying and neutering cats and dogs. Males tend to wander less and are less likely to mark territory or display aggression toward other dogs or cats. There are some cases when a male is neutered later in life that marking, establishing dominance, and aggression have become a learned behavior and neutering may not change that. That is why it is best to neuter your male between the ages of 2-6 months. Also be advised that neutering a male dog or cat discontinues the production of testosterone, which is what drives males to mark, seek out females, or establish dominance. This means that your male dog or cat will no longer produce this hormone but it is still currently in their system. It can take 1-3 months for testosterone to fully dissipate from the petís system. This means it can take a few months before your male stops marking. It will not happen the day after he is neutered. Males that have been neutered have less prostate issues and no testicular diseased compared to unaltered males. Female dogs and cats have less mammary cancer and no uterine disease compared to unaltered females. Spaying or neutering is also an important way to control the pet population.


Last Revised: December 10, 2015

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