Each animal is considered individually so we can make the best choice possible to serve that particular pet. A trained technician carefully evaluates the health and temperament of every dog and cat that enters the shelter. We use structured and commonly accepted tests to identify dangerous aggressive tendencies in dogs. We assess cats based on their ability to be handled by staff for normal procedures. In addition, each animal undergoes a basic health examination.
Animals with abnormalities are seen by a shelter veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Temperamentally sound and healthy or treatable animals are fast tracked through the adoption process as their condition warrants. Animals with serious medical conditions or behavioral and training needs may be given long term rehabilitation plans and adopted with hospice agreements or behavioral waivers. If an animal needs additional time, we also consider placement in the WHS Foster Program, which is made up of more than 325 local families.
We always do our best to place animals we believe to be safe in a new home through a careful screening and application process.While housed in the shelter, all animals receive food and water, exercise and socialization, and if necessary, grooming and health care.
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