FAQ - Animal Shelter

Shelter

Q.
How can I help the pets at the animal shelter?

A. The Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter depends on the generous hearts of our volunteers and donors. We wouldn’t be able to care for and find homes for the animals without the direct help of hundreds of citizens every year. Your help makes a difference.
Last year, we received nearly $120,000 in donations. Even more importantly, 100 volunteers gave us 3800 hours of time.
In today’s difficult economic times, your support is more important to us than ever before. When you share your time and money, you are saving the lives of the animals that need you.

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How do I adopt a shelter animal?

A. --Visit the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter and look through the dog adoption or cat adoption center.

--Before meeting an animal, you will fill out a pet adoption application. Interact with different animals to find the right one for you.

--An animal care technician will interview you. Not every adoption application is approved because not every person who wants an animal has landlord approval or has the time and ability to care for an animal.

--If you are adopting a dog, bring your existing dog in for a meet and greet.

--There is a fee to adopt a pet.

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How do you become an Animal Shelter Technician?

A. While previous experience handling animals helps, it may not be an absolute requirement. The job of a Shelter Technician not only includes the caring or handling of animals, but may also include the cleaning of their cages or kennels, the administration of vaccines, the performance of animal behavioral asessments, and the dealing with both happy and angry customers.

There are various ways one can prepare him or herself to enter this field. One can be a volunteer at an animal shelter or humane society, performing some of the duties a shelter technician does, like animal handling, kennel cleaning, and/or interacting with the public. One can also have worked in the veterinary field, as an assistant or certified veterinary technician. One can also have worked in a boarding kennel tending to animals and working with customers.

Q.
I can no longer keep my pet. Can I bring it to the animal shelter?

A. Our first priority is stray animals. Sometimes Animal Services & Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter is unable to admit pets from owners due to the large number of strays that are currently at the shelter. Please call for more information and for a list of other options available to you.
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Q.
Where is Animal Services & Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter located?

A. Washington County Animal Services & Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter is located at 1901 SE 24th Avenue in Hillsboro, Oregon 97123. The shelter is along Highway 8 (Tualatin Valley Highway) across from the Sunset Esplanade shopping center. The shelter shares a parking lot with Lowe’s Home Improvement store.
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