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05/31/2013
By: carol.north.581
Save-A-Life Animal Welfare
I've adopted two dogs from Save-A-Life. The first was a black Shih Tzu. Little Miss was the sweetest dog in the world. The agency paid for her bladder stone removal surgery before she was put up for adoption. I had her six years before she died of old age. The second is a Japanese Chin, who I named Obi-Wan Kenobi. He is as sweet as Little Miss and so smart I m thinking of enrolling him in the local college (grin). Save-A-Life took care of his heart worm treatment, and saved his life.I have great respect for the agency and its volunteers. If I ever get another dog, it will be from Save-A-Life.
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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