Pennington County Humane Society a kill or no-kill facility?
The terms “kill” and “no-kill” are very misleading. Pennington County Humane Society is a limited intake shelter. This means that we do not euthanize adoptable animals to make space for other animals.
We do, however, have a licensed veterinarian humanely euthanize animals under certain situations. These situations include any aggression toward people, severe aggression towards other animals, on-going or chronic health issues, injuries beyond our financial capacity to treat, anxiety disorders, and failing our temperament testing.
Can I bring my pet to Pennington County Humane Society if I no longer want it or can no longer care for it?
This depends on a number of factors, the main one being whether or not we have space for your pet. Since we cannot predict when an adoption will occur which will open up a space, we can’t make any promises as to when, if ever, we can take your pet. We encourage you to ask friends & relatives, put up posters that include a picture of your pet, place ads in the newspaper and promote on the radio.
I’ve tried everything mentioned above and still can’t find a home for my pet. Now what?
This is a difficult question to answer because there is no really good answer. The closest shelters to Pennington County Humane Society that will accept pets from outside their area are St. Cloud & Hastings. If you are unable to transport your pet that far, let us know and we will try to arrange transport. In most cases, though, you will be responsible for your own transportation.
Can I bring my pet to Pennington County Humane Society for vaccinations, medical treatment or to be spayed/neutered?
No. Pennington County Humane Society does not have a veterinarian on site. You may call us, though, and we will give you phone numbers of the veterinarians in the area who can provide these services for you.
My dog or cat ran away! What do I do to find him/her?
Call Pennington County Humane Society and your local law enforcement agency. Also call your local radio stations & ask them to announce that the pet is missing. Put a lost ad in your local paper – adding a current photo of your pet will increase the chances of somebody recognizing him or her. Make lost posters and take them to all your neighbors; also hang them up in public places around town. If the pet is microchipped, call the company who provided the microchip to make sure all of your contact info is current. If the lost pet is a cat, go out each night after dark (usually after 10 pm is the best) and call for him or her – many times something has scared them and they are hiding very close to where they live, but won’t come out of their safe place except after dark.
Please remember that if you let your pet out of the house unrestrained and unsupervised, you are taking the risk of them not coming home. Protect your pets (both in the city and in the country) by fencing your yard, putting up a kennel, keeping on a leash (with you on the other end of that leash) or having them directly in your sight when they are outdoors. To increase the chances of getting your pet back should he/she disappear, consider getting your pet microchipped & always have a collar with your current phone number so you can be contacted if the pet is found.
Where can I get my pet microchipped?
Right here at our shelter! We will first scan your pet for prior microchips. If none, we will implant, activate and register your microchip with petlink.net – they maintain a national database so you can be notified when your pet is found, no matter where you happen to be. More information about microchips can be found at www.petlink.net . Our normal microchip fee is $25. You can either bring your pet to our shelter during our normal operating hours, or come to one of the many microchip clinics we hold each year at our shelter.
I think somebody is neglecting or abusing their pet or livestock. What do I do?
Pennington County Humane Society is not an investigating agency. You need to call your local law enforcement agency. Anonymous reporting's are not taken very seriously, so be prepared to give your name & address. Minnesota state law defines the minimum amount of care that must be provided. This may not be up to the standards many of us would like to see, and there may not be anything that the law enforcement agency is able to do about the situation.
I’m ready to bring a new pet into my home. How do I adopt a pet from you?
We try very hard to match people with pets who will fit in the best in their situation. We ask that you come to the shelter and spend some time with the pets, ask questions and think it through carefully before adopting. If we feel that a certain pet is not appropriate to your living arrangement or life style, we’ll point you in the direction of one that may be a better match for you.
Our adoption fee is $185-$200 for dogs & $50-80 for cats. They have been tested for common diseases (feline leukemia/FIV for cats & heartworm for dogs), current on vaccinations, spayed or neutered, dewormed, and microchipped.
We also will not adopt any pet to a person under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse an adoption to any person at any time.