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12/02/2015
By: Susan l M.
Friends of Strays Inc
I've been a volunteer with Friends of Strays for about a year now--mostly on Sunday mornings helping to feed and clean out cages. I have been consistently impressed with this Shelter and the care and passion they have for their animals--both cats and dogs. There is a new Shelter Manager as of about a year ago who is awesome and really knows her stuff. Everyone who works there has the welfare of the animals as their first concern, and a genuine care for the unique needs of each cat or dog. Many of the shelter workers know each and every animal by name and they take time out of their duties to pet the animals, and talk to the ones who are most shy or scared. There are set times for feeding and cage cleaning across the day and if there is a smell when you visit, well that's pretty normal in a busy shelter but please know that these animals are not in any way neglected or mistreated. I can't speak to the experience of the gentleman who was turned down for adoption--and I think there is always room for discussion with the staff if you think a decision is unfair--but I can personally share that the saddest thing that happens at the shelter is not animals that are not adopted. It's when animals are adopted and then returned, which does happen more often than you would think, and it's crushing to see that cat or dog who left with such high hopes of a forever home be rejected and have to readjust to shelter life. So the folks who screen potential pet adopters may be particularly careful--and please, never lie to them or on your forms--but it's because they care so much and want to see these little guys thrive in their new homes. I would encourage anyone who wants to adopt to visit (check the hours on the FOS site); if you can't adopt, donate or volunteer. It's a truly rewarding experience.
04/14/2017
By: furgirl
Friends of Strays Inc
Just a comment to Mike M review. Cats shouldn't be "let out of the house for 5 hours" and it's that mindset that creates, lost cat flyers, cat hit by a neighbors cat because the fur baby was running after a lizard and didn't see the car. You see? Perhaps you'll let the pups out for just a quick potty.... these forever toddlers need your love and constant supervision for their safety. Perhaps you can volunteer at the shelter to help with the age cleaniut and walk time.
10/15/2014
By: Kayla B.
Friends of Strays Inc
Wonder staff and friendly! My brother was the one inquiring about a new friend and the ladies there were more than accommodating. Success! If you're looking for a place to adopt, this is 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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