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We hope you consider adopting from us. There are important things to know and to remember when adopting a shelter animal. When we get these animals, we only know what we are told. Animals act differently in the shelter environment from a home environment. They need time to decompress and to learn to heal. Some animals can get into a home and relax pretty quickly while others take a little bit more. Some animals may take a couple of months before they realize they are not going back and that they are in their new home. Whether you adopt from us, another rescue, or the shelter at animal control, these animals deserve a chance. They are scared and confused and unsure after they are dumped off on other people. Please be the person that can help them learn to trust again. 

Help us become a no-kill community. Learn the signs, watch the behaviors, know how to communicate with your pets, and most importantly listen to what they are telling you. 

Why it's important to spay/neuter your pets

All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,

The Good Lord made them all.

Each little flower that opens,

Each little bird that sings,

He made their glowing colors,

He made their tiny wings... 

One of the medical benefits of spaying or neutering your pet is your female pet will live a longer and healthier life. Also, spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat cycle offers the best protection from these diseases. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

There are a few behavioral benefits of spaying and neutering pets also. Your spayed female pet won't go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently. Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways to escape from the house. Once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals. Your neutered male may be better behaved. Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people, and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering also.

With kitten season here we are finding bottle babies everywhere. Join the movement in saving lives. Visit and Like Esther Neonatal Kitten Alliance to learn how to take care of these precious lives that are in need of our help. 

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Adoption Center

Phone: (828) 287-7338

380 U.S. 221 N 

Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Updated June of 2020

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