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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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 temperant reasons. Our current shelter animals are not euthanized due to spacwe, 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. 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 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 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 my dog 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 if I am leasing or renting a property or apartment?
    If you are currently leasing or renting a property or apartment you must povide the name and phone number of your landlord so we can verify that you are legally allowed to own a pet.
  • What do I need to do to be able to adopt a dog or cat?
    You must complete a pre-adoption application. You must have an established veterinarian to provide health care. If you have other pets, they must be spayed or neutered and vaccinated. You must be able to provide veterinary records to show proof of vaccinations. If you current pets need spayed or neutered, you may make an appointment at our spay and neuter clinic.
  • Is spaying or neutering a dangerous surgery?
    Although there is always a risk to patients undergoing general anesthesia, spaying and neutering are routine procedures and are generally 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.
  • How old should my pet be when it is spayed or neutered?
    Kittens and puppies may be spayed or neutered as young as 8 weeks old. 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 pet's 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 it is 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 behavorial 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 agression have become a learned behavior and neutering may not change that. Also, be advised that neutering a male dog or cat discontinues the production of testosterone, which drives males to mark, seek out females, or establish dominance. This does not happen immediately, rather, takes a few months before this slowly decreases in their system, which means some male behavior may linger. Males that have been neutered tend to have less prostrate issues and testicular diseases as compared to intact males. Female dogs and cats have less mammary cancer adn no uterine disease as compared to unaltered females. Spaying and neutering is an important way to control the pet population.
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