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Apple Valley Animal Shelter is is a municipal shelter operated by the Apple Valley Animal Services Department. They work as a rescue organization, protect public safety, and provide humane animal care to all the pets in need in the county. The shelter has two primary goals:
From dog licensing, microchipping, and, of course, adoptions, the services offered by Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter are meant to provide support to pet owners whether they reside in Apple Valley or not. Once the animals enter their facility, they have a window of opportunity that ranges from 3-4 days to be claimed by their owners in case they're lost. After that, they enter the “available for adoption” list.
The adoption process at Apple Valley Animal Shelter is fast and simple, and they don't take reservations or keep pets on hold. Once your mind is set on adopting a new pet, especially if you have strong feelings for one in particular, it's time to start the process:
Adoption applications are located here.
Adoption fees at Apple Valley Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, a heartworm test, flea control, nail trimming, ear treatment, a 1 year license pet ownership license, and a professional veterinarian medical evaluation.
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.