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You can print an application by clicking on the word "dog" or "cat" above. All applications must be submitted in person at the shelter, at 7 E. George St., in Walla Walla.
The regular adoption fees are:
- Cats $55
- Kittens under 4 months $75
- Dogs (md & lg breeds) $95
- Dogs (small breeds) $150
- Puppies (under 6 months) $150
- Prison Pet Partnership participant Dogs, regardless of age $200 ($100 goes back to support the program)
- Highly Desireable or Purebred Dogs (regardless of age) $250
Adoption benefits include:
- Spay/neuter prior to adoption
- Microchip w/registration
- Current vaccinations
- Cats tested for FELV/FIV
- Complimentary health exam by local vet of choice
- 30 days of pet health insurance, for which you can purchase extended coverage
- "No Obligation" Home-trials for dogs prior to adoption
In 2012 the Blue Mountain Humane Society found homes for 1115 animals:
- 560 dogs
- 515 cats
- 40 other pets
Our commitment not to euthanize in order to make space required us to get creative with the space we have available and to seek new partnerships with other animal welfare groups. With the help of dedicated staff and volunteers we were able to transfer 158 dogs and 221 cats and 7 others to shelters and rescue organizations around the region. Each one of them were eventually adopted!
Taking Care of Your New Found Friends
FishYou can’t cuddle with them but fish can be soothing and make great pets! These guidelines refer to goldfish and betta fish, not fancy varieties that require elaborate tanks.
•Time - not a lot of special care of attention is required, but you can’t set a bowl on the mantel and forget about it, either.
Fish need to be fed and their bowls cleaned regularly. Get a book on fish care or find a good Web site to learn how to care for your pet.
•Cost - once again, there’s no such thing as a free pet- even though you might have won it at the State Fair.
Goldfish cost pennies at most at pet stores but the bowl, food, gravel, and accessories add up.
•Children - A fish can teach children about pet ownership and responsibility,
but be warned: Once the novelty wears off, Mom’s usually stuck with cleaning the bowl.
BirdsPeople who enjoy and appreciate birds outdoors often consider buying one as a pet- and they can make great companions.
•Time - Some large domestic birds, such as parrots and macaws, can live up to 70 years, which makes ownership a lifelong commitment. Smaller birds such as parakeets have an average life span of 10-12 years.
•Hygiene - birds can be messy if not cared for properly. Cage linings should be changed daily, and food and water bowls cleaned. At least once a week, the cage and other items- perches, mirrors, toys, ECT - should be cleaned with soap and hot water.
•Noise - tweets and flutter sounds are part of owning a bird. Some may be taught to talk, sing, and do tricks. Large breeds’ voices can be piercing, though, especially if left alone to long.
•Cost - a bird can cost $8-1,000 or more depending on the type. Maintenance costs vary greatly as well, but all require food, cage, supplies, and veterinary care.
•Feeding- a well-balanced diet is crucial- and a lot of work. In addition to commercial seed mixtures, birds should get fresh fruit and vegetables daily and leftovers should be discarded before they spoil.
DogsThere’s nothing like a dog for companionship, but not all dogs are alike. Temperament, energy level, grooming requirements, and life span vary greatly with breed. A puppy requires more supervision than an older dog. Don’t assume that small dogs are easier.
•Time - pack animals by nature, dogs do best when they spend as much time as possible with their human family. If most of your family is gone most of the time, a dog is probably not right for you.
•Hygiene - expect accidents during house-training- and poop to scoop – long after. Hair is also a factor, though some breeds shed less than others, dogs need to be bathed regularly and have their nails trimmed.
•Noise - terriers and toy breeds tend to be the most vocal, but any dog can annoy the neighbors.
•Cost - dogs are among the most costly pets. Expect to spend about $500.00 a year on food, vet care, vaccinations, flea control, and supplies- and more if the breed requires professional grooming, or if you travel and would need a kennel or pet-sitter.
•Children - experts suggest waiting until your youngest child is at least 3 before introducing a new dog. Small children should never be left alone with any dog.
CatsCats regularly surpassed dogs as the most popular pet in America. The following refers to cats that are kept indoors all the time or most of the time.
•Time - cats are more independent than dogs but still require consistent interaction to feel secure. Because they can jump and get into tight areas, cat, proof your home: tie up drapery pulls, hide electrical cords, secures window screens, shut appliance doors, and get rid of poisonous plants.
•Hygiene - cats groom themselves, but long haired cats need frequent brushing and hair-ball preventative. Have a separate litter box for each cat. Scoop it daily and change litter at least weekly to avoid foul odors and prevent your cat from using other areas of the house.
•Claws - cats can damage furniture, draperies, and more with their natural need to scratch. Most experts advise against declawing, however, and say owners instead should trim nails regularly and train cats to use scratching posts.
•Cost - “free” kittens abound, but there’s no such thing as a free pet. Expect to spend about $400.00 a year on food, vet care, vaccinations, litter, flea control, and supplies.
•Children- experts suggest that children be old enough to understand that the cat is not a toy in order to avoid injuries to the cat or the child.
Pocket PetsSo-called “pocket-pets” include hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and rats. Rabbits and ferrets also are popular companions.
•Time - even small, caged pets benefit from daily handling and interaction.
It’s the best way to establish trust and get to know the animal’s personality.
•Hygiene - most animals self-clean, but their cages require frequent maintenance.
•Biting - rodents nibble both to explore their environment and to maintain their incisor teeth, which grow continuously.
If not socialized properly- or it startled or awakened from a nap- some will nip or bite.
•Cost - an average hamster costs about $6.00 but supplies- cage, food, bedding, vitamins, chew sticks, and exercise toys- can exceed $200.00 a year!
•Children - pocket pets are best with children who are gentle and won’t be scared off by an errant nibble.
They can disappear easily if kids aren’t careful. Many live only a few years, so tiny funerals and discussions about death are a part of the equation.