Best 13 Animal Pound in Bella Vista, AR with Reviews -

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By: larrismom
Bella Vista Animal Shelter
I am sorry you had a bad experience at the Bella Vista Animal Shelter. I see by the date of your review it was well over a year ago. They were just finishing up a massive fund raiser and building project expanding their newer facility at that time. The BVAS is extremely low kill and the staff gets very attached to each and every animal that ends up in their care. They're also protective in a way I've never known a shelter to be. They do not do same day adoptions--which is sometimes puzzling to potential adoptive families who want same day acquisitions. All applications--even those of their volunteers--are thoroughly checked to ensure that their charges end up in the best situations possible. The staff there deals with many other situations than just the pets brought to them by Animal Control. They assist with puppy mill break-ups, cases of abuse and animal collecting, dumped dogs and cats, and dispense food and litter to those families in need, all while tending to an absolute overflow of dogs and cats. I've been in some pretty ratty animal shelters and the BVAS is by far the cleanest and most organized I've seen. They are at capacity most of the time--but each animal is cared for. If you have not been there lately, give the place another chance. I just adopted from there and the staff was wonderful to both of us.
By: Carole H.
Bella Vista Animal Shelter
We could not have asked for a better experience in adopting our 2 puppies. We applied through Petfinder, were screened thoroughly and got the call several days later saying we'd been chosen. We drove 8 hours each way to get them. The staff could not have been nicer! They have qualifications for pets to be adopted and maybe those who feel differently than I do, did not have a good match for that pet. Cannot imagine them being anything but caring and helpful.
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By: Carrie M.
Bella Vista Animal Shelter
I tried getting a kitten for my boys after the loss of our kitten, been two days and still no word.
Tips & Advices
Most city and county shelters offer affordable spay/neuter services. SPCA and Humane Society shelters also are known for their low-cost spay/neuter programs.
Shelters typically offer spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping and some essential medical treatment (deworming, mange treatment) to animals being adopted from the shelter. For other veterinary services, you will need to find a vet.
No-kill and low-kill shelters will state it in their online profile and other official materials. They will usually explain what their process/policy is for looking after the animals in their care. These are also known as “limited admission” shelters because they are usually at full capacity most or all of the time. Also, they often work with rescue organizations or county Animal Services authorities to accommodate animals living in inhumane conditions, abandoned or injured animals.
Anyone can bring a lost animal to a county or municipal shelter. However, private shelters affiliated with rescues often will not accept animals, whether lost or surrendered by owners. Shelters with low-kill policies often have a limited admission capability.
Adopting an adult dog from a county or city shelter usually costs $75-$100. Young adult purebreds and puppies often have a higher adoption fee.  The fee to adopt a cat is usually about $50– sometimes with discounts if one new owner adopts two cats. The adoption fee usually covers the cost of spay/neuter surgery and essential vaccinations.

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