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Rifle Animal Shelter saves over 1,500 animals each year and is dependent upon the ongoing support of Western Garfield County's residents. Rifle Animal Shelter believes that adoption to a forever home is the most ideal ending for any of the vulnerable souls that end up in their shelter.
In addition to taking in homeless, abused, and neglected animals, Rifle Animal Shelter delivers crucial pet welfare services to the community's qualifying pet owners:
This enables them to make a substantial difference in the fight against pet overpopulation while promoting the humane treatment of animals.
The committed staff and volunteers at Rifle Animal Shelter work hard to ensure all of their animals find a loving home where they can receive care they deserve. They make use of PetFinder to raise awareness about the dogs and cats waiting for an adoring family to give them a second chance.
Complete an adoption application on the individual PetFinder profile of the pet you've fallen in love with. You can also complete an in-person application at the shelter where you'll be able to enjoy meeting and playing with your new best friend.
Adoption fees at Rifle Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, and microchipping. Cats are also tested for FeLV/FIV.
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.