Best 12 Dog Adoptions in Springfield, Missouri with Reviews -

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By: paulmduckworth
Humane Society of Southwest Missouri
I visited the Human Society for the first time in over twenty years recently. I am very impressed with the staff and the operation. I'm surprised at the negative reviews here and can only speculate that some of them may have an axe to grind. Being an organization of mostly volunteers, the finesse and people skills of some volunteers may not be always the best. I believe in the mission of this organization. It is not there to please everyone with an animal issue, it is there to do a good job of saving pets with a high potential of getting adopted into loving home. I know that the shelter does euthanize some animals. They do not promote themselves as a "no-kill" shelter. They are a great organization that connects people and adoptable animals together. They are humane. The real problem is not animal shelters that euthanize, it is people who abandon or dump pets and/or fail to get their pets neutered or spayed. Human beings can be at their best or their worst when it comes to dealing with dogs and cats.
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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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