ADOPTION INFORMATION

                   

 

Age appropriate cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, prior to adoption.*
 
Visiting Hours:   M-F: 1-7 pm and Sat: 9-5 pm
Cats are $75.00** They are flea, ear mite and worm free. Each cat/kitten receives a bag of food, the animal's personal effects and a 10% discount at Pet Valu in Owen Sound or in Port Elgin.
 
Dogs are $150.00** They are flea, ear mite and worm free. Each dog/puppy will get micro-chip identification. Each dog/puppy receives a bag of food, the animal's personal effects and a 10% discount at Pet Valu in Owen Sound or in Port Elgin. 

Pocket Pets
- Please check the web page or phone to find out availability.
 
If, for any reason, the adoption doesn't work out, the Shelter accepts returns with full money back following 3 days from original adoption. If you need information or help with your newly adopted pet, call Renee and she will help you.
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*At the discretion of the Shelter, age appropriate cats/kittens or dogs/puppies are spayed/neutered prior to adoption. If puppies are adopted prior to being spayed/neutered under 6 months of age, a $50.00 deposit is required. This deposit will be refunded when the pup has been to a vet to be spayed/neutered and that receipt is brought into the Shelter.

**Residents of the City of Owen Sound will be required to buy an animal license at time of adoption. Please check the City By-Laws for more information. Licenses can be purchased at the Shelter or at City Hall - we do not have an ATM machine.
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After Adopting Your New Pet
 
Take your animal to a veterinarian for a complete physical examination and for any necessary vaccinations.
Contact a local dog trainer, if necessary.
Be aware of local leash laws, cat's are not allowed off your property (City of Owen Sound), and animal by-laws. Remember to purchase cat and dog tags.
Buy a pet ID tag so that your new pet will never have to face being homeless again!
 
On another note, remember that a newly acquired animal can be shy or fearful when in your home for the first time. To overcome this shyness, your new animal can't be rushed into things. Prepare to spend at least an hour or two, if not more and adjust your time accordingly - get to know them. If they are hiding and displaying fear and avoidance tactics, it's going to be a problem - so take it slowly.
 
Presenting an Unthreatening Appearance
 
People, just by being human, loom over animals, towering from heights that make a human seem very scary to a frightened animal. Lessening this effect, however, can be as simple as crouching down to eye level of your animal. You may also wish to arm yourself with an array of tempting treats, preferably ones with a strong scent. Now you wait for the animal to get curious enough to come to you. Don't make any sudden moves, or loud noises, just sit patiently. You can call by name and try to entice them over, but any quick moves or attempts to grab them will only cause them more fear. All you can do is wait them out.
 
Finally, they're checking me out! - Don't scare them off with lavish praise (that will come later), but let them take their time and look you over all they want. Encourage using soft words and hold out your hand on the floor for them to smell. Any sudden moves on your part may scare them back into hiding.
 
Why Spay/Neuter:
  • Spayed/neutered pets live longer, healthier lives
  • Spaying your female pet greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer and completely eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer.
  • Neutering your male pet prevents testicular cancer and prostate problems, and helps him avoid serious health problems like hernias and perianal tumours.
  • Males neutered at a young age are far less likely to develop dominance or aggression-related behaviour problems, including possession and food guarding, territory marking (lifting his leg on everything in sight), aggression toward other dogs, and "humping" inappropriate objects.
  • Neutering your male pet relieves him of the constant urge to go out in search of a female in heat. Ridding him of his urge to roam could very well save his life, and save you from a broken heart.
  • Spaying your dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle and the mess that goes with it. Also, females in heat often cry and howl incessantly, develop nervous behaviour, and attract every unaltered male dog/cat in the neighbourhood to your yard!
Altered animals are generally more docile, easier to train and get a long better in your household.
 
In the span of seven years, an unspayed cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens!
 
In the span of six years, an unspayed dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies!
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