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Madison County Animal Shelter in Marshall, North Carolina is an open-admission municipal shelter. They accept all incoming animals regardless of age, health, breed, or temperament and don't pick and choose what comes through their doors. The shelter needs to ensure they always have space to take animals in an emergency, but with only 13 dog and 18 cat kennels, respectively, it can be challenging to continuously make space. That's why they partner with other rescue groups to help every animal get a second chance at a loving forever home.
Thank you for choosing to save a life and offer a pet a second chance. The process to adopt from Madison County Animal Shelter is simple:
Adoption fees at Madison County Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, deworming, and microchipping.
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, below you'll find 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.
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.