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Are you a "no-kill" shelter?

Angels for Animals is a limited access shelter.  We euthanize animals accepted in our shelter for medical and temperament reasons; not due to space, age, breed or handicap.  We do not believe in killing adoptable pets, but we are asked to take in many more 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?

Angels is a limited access shelter.  The only way that we can take animals is with foster homes.  If you need to re-home a dog today, then your only choice is your local pound or another organization.

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

No, we are a private shelter and do not do humane enforcement or animal pick-ups. Contact your local Dog Warden or county pound to come and pickup the animal.

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 and get up to date on shots.  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 would really like to see how well your current pet will get along with your new pet and possibly make other recommendations if it isn't going to work out.


Is the surgery dangerous?

Although there is a always a risk to patients undergoing general anesthesia, spaying and neutering are routine procedures and are generally very safe.

Is the spay or neuter operation painful?

Spay or neuter surgery is 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?

No, this is a myth. Maintaining an appropriate diet and exercise routine for your pets will help keep them at an optimal weight.

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

There are both behavioral and health benefits to neutering male dogs and cats. Male dogs tend to wander less and are also less likely to mark territory or display aggression towards other dogs. Neutered male dogs have less prostrate and testicular disease than unaltered males. Male cats tend to roam less and do less territorial fighting. Female dogs and cats have less mammary cancer and uterine disease then unaltered females. Spay or neuter is also an important way to control the pet population.


Last Revised: December 14, 2012

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