Best 23 Animal Shelters in Pleasantville, NJ with Reviews - YP.com

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02/05/2017
By: lovemypet
Atlantic County Animal Shelter
After losing my 5-year-old cat to vaccine-associated sarcoma, I went looking for another kitty. I went to a number of shelters, and I have to say that I never saw such gorgeous cats and kittens as I found at this one.I finally found a little black kitty that I fell in love with. After I put in an application, the shelter realized that he had an upper respiratory infection. No biggie; this is very common in shelters. They kept him an extra week, treated him, neutered him and off we went.Then I took him to my vet for his "free visit," and it turned out that he had ringworm and ear mites. So the "free visit" cost me $150! At my vet's recommendation, I called the shelter to alert them to this, because ringworm is especially contagious. The staff there was concerned and apologetic, and they agreed that the shelter vet who examined my kitty should have figured this out and treated him before I took him home. Meanwhile, about 10 days after I got my kitty, the Humane Society of Atlantic County announced on their Facebook page that they were suspending cat and kitten adoptions for two weeks due to an outbreak of illnesses. Further, they offered to treat any recently adopted kitties who may have been sick at their full-service veterinary clinic, free of charge. This shelter should have done the same; they should have offered my kitten care.Although I love my new kitty, I am disappointed in this shelter.
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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