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By: kara.nielson.7
Churchland K9
This place has been a huge blessing to me and my dog! I have had nothing but consistently poor experiences when boarding my 11 year old mixed breed. I have tried many different places, including vet facilities. Even if it was for only one night, he always came home with some type of problem, whether it was diarrhea, a cold, a voice that was gone from constant barking, or lethargy clearly from being drugged. As you might expect, I was extremely apprehensive trying yet another place. CHURCHLAND K9 WAS THE FIRST GREAT EXPERIENCE WE'VE HAD. On arrival, one of the owners (Lisa) took us on a tour of the facility. There are both indoor and outdoor play areas. The kennel area reminded me of those febreze commercials - if you had your eyes closed there is no way you would guess multiple dogs were housed in the room. That's how clean it was.Sam stayed with them for eight days while we were out of town. Since I "like" them on facebook, I was able to see photos of Sam that they happened to post. It was comforting to see him playing outside and doing well in our absence. When I picked him up, I was given a "report card" reflecting how he had adjusted day by day. (Stress level, if he was eating, barking, getting along with other dogs etc.) I was pleased to see that it only took him a short while to settle in, and immediately wondered why I'd never received such a report from any other boarding place - it is a great idea, and reflects the personal attention that was given. They also made the extra effort to give him his daily vitamin - at no additional charge.FINALLY! I've found a good place that I look forward to taking Sam back to when we need to travel. Highly recommended.
By: Lily C.
Portsmouth Humane Society
I went here to look around and they had a beautiful white boxer and several wonderful pit bulls of various colors. Everyone was very kind to me and to the dogs and cats. The dogs eat the best food and get walked 2x a day by volunteers. My pit bull had died recently and I was not ready to adopt, but when I do, I will definitely go there. It is worth the drive. I now use them as my Amazon Smile charity so I can help this awesome organization.
By: crzymals
Churchland K9
Love this place! They are great at handling my 2 high engery working Malinois with no problems. Their staff is very helpful and even give my dogs baths when they need it :-)
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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