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The Otsego County Animal Control Department was established in 1974, beginning with the construction of the Donald Reece Animal Shelter.
Now known as Otsego County Animal Shelter, they've significantly reduced the number of foster care animals and litters they receive each year. This is primarily due to their aggressive sterilization program. Tremendous effort goes into educating the public regarding responsible pet ownership, which includes spaying/neutering and obeying leash laws. With this education, they hope to significantly reduce the number of unwanted adoptable pets.
Otsego County Animal Shelter has a straightforward adoption process:
Adoption fees at Otsego County Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery and current vaccinations.
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.