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Headwaters Animal Shelter has been protecting animals since 1997. This no-kill, non-profit organization provides the nurturing care and conditions any animal needs to thrive into become an adoptable joyful pet. Successful adoptions, Loving homes, wagging tails and purrs are the main objective of their main pillars of their mission statement.
They execute this mission by focusing their efforts on five areas:
Currently, their fundraising campaigns are directed at expanding their impact by opening a new shelter facility and extending their community reach in efforts to raise awareness for the prevention of both animal overpopulation and animal cruelty.
To adopt a pet at Headwaters Animal Shelter, start by visiting their website or directly visiting the shelter during office hours.
At the shelter, you’ll be able to arrange a playdate with your pet of choice, accompanied by of one of the shelter’s staff members who will talk to you about that particular animal's temperament, energy level, and favorite activities.
If love is in the air, you’ll be asked to fill an adoption questionnaire followed by a quick personal interview to make sure the match will be successful.
Headwaters Animal Shelter is very organized and will guide every step of the adoption process. They even set up an Adoption Day Checklist:
Adoption fees at Headwaters Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchipping, heartworm testing, parasite treatment, and a professional veterinary examination.
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.