Admissions

JULY 4TH SERVICES  

The Bonnie Hays Shelter will be open for Lost and Found pets ONLY on July 4th. We will have minimal staffing available so cannot answer phones and cannot send officers to the field.   If you have found a pet and want to bring it to the shelter or if you have lost a pet, you can come to the shelter from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and we will help you.   We will be open with full services on Friday morning.

We have the mission of helping all stray cats and dogs in Washington County. Because those animals generally keep our shelter full, we usually cannot accept animals that owners want to find a new home for. You can see links to organizations that do generally accept owner-surrendered animals below.

If our shelter has room, we will accept Washington County residents’ animals. We will do our best to find a loving new home for your pet. 

If we are in a position to consider taking an owner-surrendered animal, a Shelter Technician will need to see the dog or cat before admitting the animal. Because we work with stray animals that may need a great deal of care, we only accept adoptable, healthy, friendly animals from owners who can no longer keep their pets. The fee for admitting a dog for adoption is $40. The fee for admitting a cat is $10.  The admission fee helps to cover the necessary shelter costs for caring for this animal. (Dogs that do not belong to you and that you have provided care for less than 90 days are admitted without charge.)

Please do not simply abandon your unwanted animals. It is against the law, and it puts the animal at risk for injury or death.

Our shelter staff will ask you questions about the animal’s history. The information that you provide will help us place the animal in an appropriate home. There is no set length of stay for animals that are admitted. The length of stay depends on the number of dogs or cats currently in our shelter, the interest that we believe potential adopters will have in the animal, available space in the shelter, the age of the animal, and its health and temperament.

Because we are usually at or near capacity with stray animals, we usually cannot accept owner-surrendered animals. If we cannot take your animal, we will recommend other shelters that may be able to take your animal and find it a home. We have a list of groups that may accept dogs for adoption and a list of groups that may accept cats for adoption.