You can help cats, dogs, puppies and kittens feel like they are more at home and that people DO CARE! Come down and spend some time with the animals. Human contact is what they need to help them be social and happy and this makes them much more adoptable. Plus, working with animals is therapy for people, too! Here are a few ways you can help our shelter animals…

Wear closed-toed shoes, bring your photo ID and take a dog outside to play or for a walk on the great walking path. They love attention and exercise is essential to prevent stress during their stay in the shelter.


Pet the adult cats. A little love makes them feel like someone cares. (Please do not touch kittens or open the cages of scared or feral cats.)


Sit in the community cat rooms and enjoy the little guys & gals! This is a great job for kids. 


Please remember:

  • Always handle animals with caution and respect
  • Children must be under adult supervision at all times
  • Must be 15 years old to help out without a parent
  • Always sanitize your hands between handling each animal
  • Be cautious. We do not know the complete history of most of the animals as they are stray or abandoned.
  • Do not walk dogs without permission from the staff. Do not walk a dog that could be risky or dangerous in any way (especially if you have children with you.)
  • Direct questions from the public to the front desk or a member of our kennel staff


If you have any questions, please contact us!


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