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By: laura.bakken1
All Creatures Animal Hospital
Over the last several years I've lived in Saint Joseph, MO, I have always received excellent service at All Creatures Animal Hospital. The staff are all very caring and friendly. Recently, our family had to say goodbye to our longtime companion and friend. Our little chihuahua was almost 18 years old. We had her since the day she was born and was a huge part of our lives. She went blind about seven years ago, but managed to adjust to her handicap. Recently though, we noticed that she wasn't eating well and her health was quickly declining. She was old, tired, and becoming more and more anxious. We made a family decision to euthanize her so that she could be free of suffering. Dr. Gutzmer came to our house to help us with that process. I had never gone through that with any of my pets before and I had many questions. Dr. Gutzmer was kind, compassionate, and he answered all of my questions without rushing. He gave our dog a tranquilizer to help her be calm and get sleepy. I held her in my arms as I watched her start to get sleepy. Then I lost it and started crying really bad. My husband helped me by holding her through the next step. We all stood around her as the doctor administered the last injection. He assured us all that she didn't feel any pain nor was she even aware of what was happening. For our peace of mind, he stayed with her and listened for her little heart to stop beating. As we all said goodbye and I cried, he assured me that we did the right thing, and that it was an act of kindness to stop her from suffering. He saw how upset I was and he even took the time to give me a hug. Then today, almost a week later, I received the nicest card with a handwritten note from Dr. Gutzmer, assuring me once again that we did the right thing, and that he knew that she was an important part of our family. He said he knew how much we would all miss her and that he was sorry for our loss. The card was signed by all his staff members. For Dr. Gutzmer to acknowledge what an important part of our lives she was and how much she meant to us means a lot to us. In our time of grieving the loss of a beloved family member, he showed our family much compassion. Dr. Gutzmer and his staff go above and beyond when it comes to knowing how to treat people and their pets. I will always be grateful for how they treated us and our pets. God bless Dr. Gutzmer and his staff. Thank you all so much.
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By: Crystal W.
Goodwill Stores
The ONLY Reasonably Priced Thrift Shop I've Seen Yet, In Saint Joseph Missouri! All New Or Gently Used Nice, Clean Clothing. Like Other Thrift Shops In Town, They Rely On Donations But They Don't Charge Outrageous Prices On The Items They Sale. I Live Out Of Town But I Look Forward To Stopping In When I Can. I Must Say I Would Recommend GOODWILL To Family & Friends Over Any Other Shop I've Seen Or Been To So Far Here In Jo Town
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By: Crystal W.
Dav Thrift Store
I enjoy shopping here but don't understand why they charge so much for items that were all donated to begin with?!?! I know its all donated to the Vets, Yet they are always so busy so even if they would lower their prices, they'd still make good money. I'm not sure who does the pricing but 75% of the items are beyond over priced
By: Tom S.
Dav Thrift Store
why its a good store and has the best selection I've scene in St Joe. The prices are kind of high for a DAV store. But most are discounted which can be confusing because you don't know the price until hit the register
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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