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Foothills Animal Shelter operates as an open-admission shelter, taking in any domestic animal in desperate need of medical care and rehoming.
The shelter began life in 1976 as Jefferson Animal Shelter, which served as the local impound facility for Jefferson County. Since then, the shelter has not only changed location but also names on more than one occasion. They've continually grown and evolved in response to the changing needs of the animals and the community they serve.
Increased efficiency, refocused goals, and well-managed resources have allowed them to improve upon and expand their public outreach services. A new medical suite has increased the number of low-cost procedures available to the community:
Today, 7,000–9,000 dogs, cats, and other small “critters” fill their facilities every year. Over 500 compassionate volunteers are committed to making sure their animals receive the best care and attention possible. Over 50% of the pets are admitted find new loving homes, while a significant number are reunited with their owners.
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!
Foothills Animal Shelter's website feature an “About Me” photo and description of each pet available for adoption. This cute biography, which describes each pet’s needs and personality, can help you decide if this might be the right fluffball for you!
Currently, Foothills Animal Shelter doesn't have an online adoption form. If you've spotted a pet on the website that you've fallen in love with, call the shelter directly to find out if they're still available before visiting. You can visit the shelter during opening hours to meet their crew and find out more about the adoption process.
If you need a little extra time to think about whether you're ready to commit to adopting, then you can pay a non-refundable, non-transferable holding fee of $15-$20. They understand that giving a new pet a forever home is a big decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. That's why they also have a 30-day return policy in case your new pet isn't suited to your home and lifestyle. A return to the shelter comes with a 50% refund of adoption fees. This ensures that each animal will continue to receive the best care and medical attention possible until a perfect match can be found.
Adoption fees at Foothills Animal Shelter are as follows:
Dog adoption fees are on a sliding scale according to health, behavior, and length of stay at the shelter. If you live in Jefferson County, you may also have to purchase a $20 pet license at the time of adoption.
Your dog or cat adoption fee includes spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a bag of Purina Pro Plan food, microchipping, 30 days complimentary pet insurance, and a post-adoption veterinary check-up.
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.