Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Isn't the shelter a government-funded organization? Why do you need
No! However, there is city and county funding to maintain the animal control
program. The sustained care, vaccinations, adoptions, medical services, foster
care program, etc are all funded by public donations, adoption fees, and other
fundraising events. We are also continually trying to upgrade the facilities to
provide even better care of the animals we receive.
Q: Aren't all animals euthanized after a certain number of days?
NO! There are cases where the shelter receives an animal that is beyond
reasonable medical treatment (usually due to a cruelty case or major injury), or
would be considered a danger if placed with a new owner, and euthanasia is
determined to be the best option. This decision is always a very difficult one
by the shelter director and staff. They always want to save as many animals as
possible. Most animals received are healthy and readily adoptable, or can be
with some routine medical care. In these cases, the animals will stay in the
shelter as long as we can possibly keep them. Every effort is made to find a new
home through adoption, foster care, or by partnerships with animal rescues. Many
animals may stay at the shelter for weeks or months before finding a new home.
This is why public support, volunteers, and donations are so very important to
being able to properly care for as many adoptable animals as possible.
Q: Isn't their usually something "wrong" with shelter pets?
NO! Many animals that arrive at the shelter are perfectly healthy and happy.
Their arrival may have been for many reasons beyond their control.
These may include the owner moving somewhere that doesn't allow pets, owner
financial trouble, divorce, death of the owner, or people that purchased an
animal as a gift and the person receiving the animal was not able to care for it
properly. None of these cases are the fault of the pet, and they are already
well-adjusted and just looking for a second chance to be loved by a new family.
Q: Why do you charge an adoption fee? If you want adoptions, shouldn't it be
shelters are non-profit. This does not mean they can afford to give animals away
for free. Shelters have to pay bills too, this not only includes the veterinary
bills on the animals, but also the power bills, building rent, and so on. Every
shelter has different “adoption fees” according to their expenses. Some shelters
are able to give away pets in some situations, as with senior animals who would
normally be euthanized. Some shelters have “barn cat” programs where they adopt
out, for free, feral cats who are fixed and suited for barn cats. If shelters
started giving away all their pets, for free, they would soon have to shut their
doors and close down.
Q: Why should my pet be spayed or neutered?
- Spaying /neutering your pet is good for your pet, you, and the community.
- Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
- Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of
health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
- Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly
reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed
before her first estrous cycle.
- Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate
- Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
- Spaying and neutering helps to reduce the number of homeless and unwanted pets
in our community. We already have an overpopulation problem. This means there
are not enough homes for the number of animals born each year in Henderson