Adoptable Cats and Dogs
Please don’t overlook our adult cats! Adult cats were once cute kittens too. Bully Breeds also get overlooked. Be a hero and adopt an adult cat or a Bully Breed! They are often the last to find homes.
Thank you for adopting a shelter pet!!!
Each year around 23.5 million Americans add a new furry family member to their household. Of those 23.5 million, approximately 6.5 million have already decided where they will get their next pet from. That leaves 17 million people we need to convince to adopt a shelter pet. In the United States around 2.7 million healthy, treatable and adoptable shelter animals are killed each year because they didn’t have a home or a foster home to go to or the shelter they ended up wasn’t able to find them a home. (Colorado shelters kill around 30,000 homeless pets each year). If only 2.7 million of the approximately 17 million people who add pets to their lives will adopt a shelter pet, the killing of healthy, adoptable animals will end! The Rifle Animal Shelter does not euthanize animals for space, but the more shelter pets we can adopt out, the more we can help! You are making a difference when you adopt a shelter pet and encourage others to do the same! THANK YOU!!!!
Please make sure you have time for a pet, the right living conditions for a pet and the financial resources to take care of a pet.
You are making a commitment to the animal you adopt. They will be counting on you to stick by them for the rest of their lives. Small dogs can live well into their teens, large dogs can live to be 15 years old and cats can live up to 25 years old. Be sure you are willing and able to commit to them for the long haul. This includes always living where you can have pets. All our pets have been homeless at least once and that’s enough. If you do adopt a pet from us and something happens where you can’t keep the pet, please return the pet to us. We always want our pets back and will find them another home.
Pets with special needs or long term medical conditions get overlooked the most. Please look at these pets! Blind or deaf pets need homes and so do older pets and pets with long term medical conditions or special diets. Please consider adopting one of these animals. They are often times our most loving and rewarding pets and their needs are easily met. If these pets aren’t obvious in the pet listings, give us a call and we will happily direct you to the pets that are currently being overlooked because of their special needs or medical conditions. FIV positive and Feline Leukemia Virus positive cats have a much harder time finding homes. If you see one of these cats on our list, please consider them. They can and do live long and healthy lives. They need to be indoor only cats and be the only cat or join an FIV or Felv positive household. Neither condition is transmittable to people or other pets besides cats.
The adoption fee for dogs is $50. All our dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up to date on their shots. The adoption fee for cats is $30 for one or $50 for two. All our cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped, up to date on their shots and feline leukemia and FIV tested.
Can’t adopt but still want to enjoy the companionship of an animal every now and then? Think about fostering! We often have animals that need to get out of the shelter stress and into a home environment until they can find a forever home.