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  • 1.Paws Animal Shelter

    1741 Willamette Falls Dr

    West Linn,OR

    20.37 mi


    I have visited the shelter many times to pet the cats. The owner is a great lady who trys her best with the limited resources.

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By: Cristina K.
Humane Society for Southwest Washington
As a longtime FORMER volunteer, let me say this isn't a place you want to see any animal have to stay. It's backward, poorly managed, with horrible animal care and dysfunctional leadership -- poor communication, lots of conflicts, little respect for animal care staff. Strays get stuck in cages for over a week with no walks. Once they're out of strays, they still often don't get walks because staff don't have time and there aren't enough volunteers. Animals sit in their waste all day because staff can't keep up. Animals get lost in the "system" (some kittens, forgotten in a back room, recently died there from neglect), and animal care staff, most of who are devoted to the animals, are seriously overworked and underpaid. They have no professional trainers and don't train dogs or work on behavior issues. The percentage of animals that make it out alive is only in the 60% range. They're better than they were before in their old place (basically a killing machine) but have a looong way to go to become a HUMANE shelter -- for the workers and the animals.
By: Angel R.
Humane Society for Southwest Washington
Lies Lies Lies this is the only thing they do I've went there time and time again...... The ppl who work there need to be thrown on the street.... And have real ppl who care and act like they care about there animals.... They don't even call if something happens to an animal you want to adopt.... Even if you have the papers filled out!
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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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