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Animals on Impound are held for five days for owners to reclaim. After that time, the animals are evaluated for adoption.
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If we have one of your animals, please let us know as soon as possible by calling 254-386-3810. Animals on impound are held for five days. Proof of ownership is required to reclaim any animal, and a current rabies vaccination must be provided on all dogs. After the Impound period is complete, the animal becomes the property of the Shelter, and the animal will undergo an adoption evaluation.
If you are not planning on reclaiming your animal, please come by and fill out a surrender form so that your animal can begin looking for its new home.
All adopters must complete an adoption application before they will be allowed to meet any of our animals. We do not allow the general public into our kennel except with an Animal Control Officer. This is to limit the spread of disease and allow us to have healthier animals available for adoption.
We cannot guarantee the health of any of the animals we have available for adoption. We do not have a veterinarian on staff, but we are trained to watch for signs of illness. We will be completely honest with any illness or behavior issues we notice in any the animals we have up for adoption. We will also try our best to explain the breed’s activity levels to ensure that this animal is a good fit for your lifestyle.
All dogs available for adoption will not have any vaccinations. Our dogs have not been tested for heartworms. Rabies vaccinations are required to be done within seven days of adoption (or by 16 weeks of age), and spaying/neutering is required within thirty days of adoption (or by 6 months of age). Both are at the expense of the adopter.
Once an animal has completed its impound time or is surrendered by its’ owner, it will be placed up for adoption, sent to one of our rescue partners, or will be humanely euthanized. If an animal does not meet our adoption criteria, it will not be placed up for adoption through our shelter.
The animal will either be sent to one of our rescue partners or it will be humanely euthanized. In balancing the welfare of the animals with our responsibility to the public, we recognize that not all animals are suitable for placement. When the difficult decision is made to end an animal’s life, we perform compassionate euthanasia.
For an animal to meet our adoption criteria it must not:
The dog impound intake fee is $10 per day.
There is no fee to adopt if you supply the receipt of a pre-paid rabies vaccination and a spay or neuter, if the dog will be living inside the city limits of Hamilton.
Adopters that live within Hamilton County or further will have to pre-pay for a rabies vaccination at time of adoption if the animal is not current. This ranges from $12-19 depending on which clinic you choose to use.
All dogs available for adoption will not be given vaccinations. Our dogs have not been tested for heartworms. Rabies vaccinations are required to be pre-paid prior to adoption, and spay/neuter is required to be pre-paid prior to adoption. Both are at the expense of the adopter.
All other vaccinations and medical expenses after the day of adoption are at the expense of the adopter.
Yes, it is required per the contract and Hamilton City Ordinance. It is a Class C misdemeanor, a fine up to $500, for failure to complete and return proof to the city.
Yes. You can also make cash, check, or credit card donations at the shelter during business hours. All money collected goes directly to the care of the animals in this facility.