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Hutchinson Animal Shelter was built in 2007 to serve the City of Hutchinson. The shelter is an invaluable resource for residents who can no longer take care of their animals. Their mission is help reduce the pet overpopulation problem in Reno County, and over 2,000 stray and owner-surrendered cats and dogs find their way to the shelter each year. The shelter works hard to find these waifs and strays new forever families who will give them a second shot at the happy life they deserve.
Hutchinson Animal Shelter is part of the Animal Control Department, which tackles the over-population problem in the following ways:
Due to significant demand and restricted capacity, a high percentage of animals admitted to the shelter face euthanasia each year. If you live in the Hutchinson area and are considering adoption, why not pop into the shelter today to save a life!?
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!
Have a look on the shelter’s website to see an up-to-date catalog of cats and dogs in need of adoption. If you find a pet that you're interested in getting to know, fill out the online application form here.
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply. It may take 1-2 days for your application to be processed, but when reviewed, a member of Hutchinson Animal Shelter's staff will contact you to discuss next steps if you're eligible to adopt.
Their helpful staff recommends that you come in to meet and play with the animal that's captured your heart. It's important to make sure you're the perfect fit for each other before committing to the adoption.
Adoption fees at Hutchinson Animal Shelter vary. Please contact the shelter directly to find out more. Barn cats can be adopted free of charge.
Your adoption fee includes spaying/neutering, all vaccinations, ear tip (for outdoor barn cats), microchipping and national registration, a heartworm test (dogs), and feline leukemia and FIV testing (for cats).
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.