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Ames Animal Shelter is a division of the Ames Police Department. As a no-kill municipal shelter, they believe no animal should ever be put to sleep for lack of space, time, or resources. The shelter works closely with animal rescue organizations to help find homes for animals that don’t thrive in a shelter environment and could benefit from a foster home.
Through education and a variety of resources provided by agencies in Ames and surrounding areas, Ames Animal Shelter helps owners find the means to keep their pets in their homes rather than surrendering them. They’re also responsible for upholding and enforcing regulations regarding the treatment and control of animals in the city to protect people, property, and animals in the community.
The process to adopt an animal from Ames Animal Shelter is straightforward:
Ready to adopt from Ames Animal Shelter? Complete the appropriate adoption form below:
Adoption fees at Ames Animal Shelter are as follows:
You adoption fee helps Ames Animal Shelter partially cover the costs of feeding and caring for the homeless animals they take in. For more information on what your adoption fee includes, please contact Ames Animal Shelter directly.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.