Animal Shelter & Adoption- Click on a Question to Reveal the Answer

How many animals do you handle a year? How many are adopted? How many are euthanized?

In 2010 Columbus Animal Control handled over 2400 live animals through the shelter - 1914 were strays, 495 were given up by their owners, 22 were boarded due to emergency situations.

520 - Adopted or returned to their owners (Help us get these numbers UP! Adopt a pet!)
102 - Released to the County Animal Control or other animal control agencies
598 - Wildlife relocated or sent to a Wildlife Rehabilitator
1184 - Euthanized

A complete look at the last three years statistics can be found in the Statistics section

What kind of pets do you have at the shelter?

We always have dogs and cats. Occasionally we have other small domestic pets (guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, parakeets, goldfish, ferrets, parrots, ...etc.)

We also respond to calls involving all sorts of wildlife including birds, snakes, deer, bats, skunks, beaver, opossum, raccoons, chipmunks, ground squirrels, groundhogs, coyotes, wolves, fox, badgers, fish, ...etc., which we release back into the wild as soon as possible.

What do you do with "found" animals? How long do you hold them before they go up for adoption?

Stray domestic pets (dogs and cats) are held for at least one week (7 days) before we put them up for adoption. During that time we advertise them in the lost and found section of the newspaper.

If an owner gives up their pet, no holding period is required. We put them up for adoption immediately. We try to keep adoptable pets as long as possible, with no set holding period. Healthy wildlife is released as soon as possible.

What is the process for adopting pets from the shelter? How much does it cost?

The process is simple. Come in and find a pet that you think will be a 'good fit' for your family. Fill out a fairly simple application. The next day (we always have a 1-day waiting period), call to see if your application has been accepted. We have an obligation to these pets to try to place them in good permanent homes, so they do not have to suffer again. We use that time to verify addresses, check our records and speak with landlords and allow you time to consider your decision.

If your application is accepted but your pet is not already spayed or neutered, we will schedule an appointment with a veterinarian. Once all the necessary medical work is done - come back in, sign an adoption agreement, pay the adoption fee ($100 for dogs, $80 for cats - this fee covers the cost of spay/neuter procedures, vacinations, microchipping and a fecal exam) and take home your new family member.

Why do adopted pets have to be spayed or neutered?

Unfortunately, there are over 10,000 dogs and cats born in the country every minute and there are not enough good homes for them all. Animal Shelters exist because no one can take care of all the animals and some pet owners are irresponsible. One means of controlling pet overpopultaiotn is to have pets spayed or neutered. We adhere to that belief and do not want to perpetuate the overpopulation problem.

Why don't you just give pets away?

There are costs involved in taking care of pets at the shelter and this is the amount that has been determined by law. Many people treat something they get for free just like that, "it is free, I can always get another". We do not want to condone that belief, especially when it comes to pets. We generally incur far more expenses in medical treatment for animals than the adoption fee recovers. That is why donations to the Adoption and Medical fund are important to our ability to send animals home for the nominal price that we charge.

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