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Marshall County Animal Shelter was set up to make sure that animals within the county are safe, cared for, and looked after. They pride themselves on their ability to educate the local community on pet overpopulation issues, spraying, and neutering.
They've won two national awards (the Humane Education Achievement and the Paws to Recycle program) and their ultimate aim is to prevent any form of cruelty to animals.
Marshall County Animal Shelter currently takes in pets that either are unwanted or can't be cared for, and they house strays that have been unclaimed. They offer adoption for the animals that are taken in at the shelter.
Marshall County Animal Rescue Center requires all people that want to be considered for adoption complete an application form. The form is available online, but you can also speak to adoption specialist about other ways to apply.
There are separate forms for dogs and cats with each asking the usual questions:
The form also provides a checklist of personality traits that you can check off to ensure you get matched with an animal that will fit with your lifestyle.
They may also ask to schedule a home visit to ensure your home is fit for rehousing an animal.
Fees to adopt your next pet from the Marshall County Animal Shelter are as follows:
All animals are sprayed/neutered and dewormed and given flea treatments, rabies vaccinations, 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, 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.