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Adopting
 
Strays and Surrenders
 
Clinics, Vaccines, and Licenses
 
Volunteering
 
 
Adopting

How old do you have to be to adopt from your shelter?
    To adopt from our shelter you need to be 21 years old, or 18 with a co-signer who is at least 21 years old.
Why don't you adopt to college students?
    Due to the constantly changing living environment that college presents for many young people, including student housing/multiple roommates/etc, our policy is not to adopt to college students.
I want to let my cat go outside, is that OK?
    Our policy states that we do not adopt out animals that will be living outside, or going back and forth between indoors and outdoors frequently. Many of our pets arrive at our shelter as strays, and letting a cat outside is the fastest way for them to become strays again.
Why do I have to pay money to adopt?
    Our shelter is a non-profit organization that relies on community support to provide the care and services that we do. In short, we depend on that payment to continue to provide care for the other animals at the shelter until they too can be adopted.
What does an adoption come with?
    Each pet adopted from our shelter is up to date on current shots, spayed or neutered, and microchipped.
What if I want to bring the animal I've adopted back?
    While we hate to see any of our animals return, we understand that it is something that happens from time to time. We have a return policy, which you will sign and receive a copy of as part of the application process. If an adopted pet is returned to us within 10 days of the initial adoption, you will receive a credit equal to the total you paid to apply towards another adoption. If it is between 20 and 30 days, you will not receive a credit, and your initial payment will be considered a donation. You will not be charged any additional fees. After 30 days the return is considered an owner surrender, and you will be required to pay the $100 surrender fee at that point.
 
 
Strays and Surrenders

I found a stray dog, can I just bring it to you?
    You'll need to call the shelter to get the name and phone number of the dog officer for your township first. If you still would like to bring the dog into the shelter yourself, it is imperative that you call first. We are a no kill shelter, and sometimes we simply do not have space for an additional animals. Please remember that we can also only accept stray animals found in Butler County.
Can someone from your facility come out to pick up this stray animal?
    We do not have a humane officer working at our shelter, so we as an organization are unable to pick up stray animals. If you find a stray, you will need to go through the proper steps to bring it to the shelter.
What types of stray or injured animals do you help at your shelter?
    Due to our size and status as a non-profit, we are only equipped to assist and care for dogs and cats.
I found a stray cat, can I just bring it to you?
    Unlike dogs, Butler County does not have a humane officer designated to help stray cats. It is very important that you call the shelter first to see if we have space for an additional cat. Typically we are at our capacity with cats, and it is possible that there may not be space. Once again, we can only accept animals found in Butler County.
Does it cost money to bring a stray animal in?
    Yes. Though the prices vary, we typically as for a $60 donation for stray animals.
Why do I have to pay money to bring a stray animal in?
    We are a no kill shelter. When we take an animal in, we pledge to care for them until they pass away from natural causes or get adopted. A $60 donation is a small amount when it comes to would could very well be a lifetime of care.
What do you mean you're "out of space"? If I give you an extra donation can you take this animal?
    Unfortunately, no. Because we do not euthanize to create more room in the shelter, we literally do not have anywhere to put new animals when the shelter is full.
I need to surrender the pet that I own to the shelter, how does that work?
    We have limited space at the shelter, so any owner surrenders will need to be placed on a waiting list. There is also a $100 per pet fee for surrendered pets. We do not take owner surrenders with a history of biting or pets that are over 8 years old, and can only accept pets from residents living in Butler County.
If I surrender my pet to you and change my mind, can I get them back later?
    Once you surrender an animal, you will be unable to visit with them again. You are signing your pet over to the shelter to be put up for adoption, and after that point, will not be permitted to have any contact with your previous pet. Visiting with the animal will only create more distress for them during which is already a very difficult process.
I adopted my pet here, can't I just give them back to you for free?
    Any pet returned to the shelter after 30 days is considered an owner surrender, and you will be required to go through the same procedure and pay the same fee.
 
 
Clinics, Vaccines, and Licenses

Can you spay or neuter my pet?
    While we do have a program to spay and neuter cats, we do not have one for dogs. Cats cost $60 to be spayed or neutered, and there is a waiting list for each clinic date.
What are some good, local, low cost spay/neuter programs?
    Other good programs for spaying and neutering include Operation Spay/Neuter (724)287-7729 and Animal Friends (412)847-7004.
Do you offer discounted shots?
    We only offer low cost rabies vaccinations at monthly clinics for $10 per shot.
Why can't you do walk-in shots?
    As a small non-profit organization, we do not have a veterinarian on staff. For our clinics we rely on the generosity of the veterinarians in our community to donate their time for our organization.
What is a microchip?
    A microchip is a small device about the size of a grain of rice that is inserted under your pets skin between their shoulder blades. Each chip has a number, which corresponds to your contact information. If your pet should be lost, shelters, animal control officers, and veterinary offices are all equipped with microchip scanners that can read the number on the chip and in turn contact you.
Can I track my pet with the microchip if they get lost?
    Unfortunately, microchips do not act like tracking devices. It is better to think of them as ID tags that are under the skin as opposed to on a collar. Due to this, they cannot be lost, even if a collar is slipped.
Does my dog need a license?
    Yes! By law all dogs older than three months are required to have a yearly license. Licenses can be purchased at the front desk of the shelter, and run from January to the end of December for each year.
Does my cat need a license?
    Cats do not need to have a yearly license.
What's a lifetime license?
    A lifetime license requires a one time payment and application, after which your pet does not need a yearly license. They must be microchipped or tattooed to receive a lifetime license. You can get the paperwork for the license at our shelter, but it needs to be filed with your county courthouse, and we'll need to scan your dog to verify the microchip number before we can sign off on it. You do not need to be a resident of Butler County to get the lifetime license paperwork here, you will just need to file it with your county courthouse upon completing it.
 
 
Volunteering

How old do you have to be to volunteer?
    To volunteer at the shelter you must be 18 years old. Minors under 18 and over 6 years may volunteer when accompanied by an adult at all times. When walking dogs, for example, an adult volunteer over 18 must hold the leash at all times.
What is the difference between community service and volunteering?
    At our shelter, community service is defined as anything court ordered, or where hours are required to complete an outside obligation. Animal interaction is not included in community service work. Volunteers are not required to complete their time for an outside obligation, and may socialize cats and dogs.
Do I have to have a schedule of when I'm coming to volunteer?
    While we do ask that you schedule a time to come in for your first official volunteer session after you've completed orientation, for general volunteering you may come in any time during regular business hours without previously scheduling the time.
 
 
 
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