1. How much does it cost to adopt?
It costs $80 to adopt a cat, $100 to adopt a kitten. Dogs are $200 and puppies are $250.
2. If these animals need homes, why do I have to pay a fee to adopt?
Caring for the many animals who spend time at the shelter is very expensive. They need food, veterinary care and vaccines, flea medication, and many other things. Adoption fees help pay for these things. The fees charged are very reasonable considering the cost of spaying or neutering a pet.
3. Why does the dog I want have to be neutered before I can take him home?
Miranda's Rescue is required by law to have all dogs and cats spayed or neutered before adopting them out. This law is intended to help reduce pet overpopulation and prevent the abandonment and destruction of unwanted animals.
4. Don't animals end up in shelters because there is something wrong with them?
Animals end up in shelters for a wide variety of reasons. While some shelter animals are strays or victims of neglect or abuse, many are not. Pets sometimes end up in shelters because their families must move and can't find a home that allows pets. Sometimes pet's owners die, become ill, or have to take responsibility for sick family members. Often young dogs and cats are given up by people who adopted kittens or puppies without understanding the responsibilities of pet ownership.
5. I just adopted a pet from your shelter. What kinds of vaccines has she had?
If your pet was at the shelter long enough to be vaccinated, we will have a record of shots given and can give you a copy to take to your vet.
CATS at the shelter receive FVRCP shots. The FVR stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (upper respiratory tract infection). C is for Calicivirus, a disease of the mouth, nose, and eyes. The P is for Panleukopenia, also known as Feline Distemper. We do not vaccinate for Feline Leukemia!
PUPPIES at the shelter receive DHLPP, which includes Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosus (a bacterium that can affect people, too), Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.
We have recently started vaccinating for Rabies virus, but this vaccine must be administered by a vet, so animals who have not had a vet visit since arriving may not have been vaccinated. If in doubt, please ask. Some of our animals arrive at the shelter already vaccinated for Rabies or other diseases, but some do not. If in doubt, let your vet know that you are uncertain about the animal's medical history.