The Shelter

Contact Us

303 Shaw Avenue
Charles City, Iowa 50616

phone  (641) 228-0262
email  pawscharlescity@gmail.com

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ADOPTION

INFORMATION

We are devoted to the animals entrusted to our care and do all we can to make sure they are placed in good homes. We require all prospective adoptions to be subject to application and interviewing before the animal can be released from the shelter. All of our animals are: spayed or neutered, have all vaccinations brought up to date, microchipped, and started on flea/tick prevention before adoption. Read on for details on how you can begin the steps to finding a new best friend. 

 

MAKING A CHOICE

You are welcome to visit the shelter and view the pets available for adoption anytime during regular adoption hours (Saturday 11-2pm & Sunday 1-4pm). You may also view our online animal database at your convenience.  When visiting the shelter please be patient as sometimes there are many visitors.  Feel free to view the available animals and learn about them individually.  On the door of each animal's enclosure is a card bearing the pet's breed, approximate age, sex, neuter status, and exercise and medication record.

GETTING ACQUAINTED

Once you have found an animal that you are interested in adopting, a PAWS staff member or volunteer adoption counselor will let you interact with it typically one-on-one. It is important that everyone in the household interact with the animal before the adoption is finalized.  If you have other pets at home, they also need to become acquainted with the new pet. 

GOING HOME

If you are adopting a cat, you should bring a carrier or other container in which to transport it home. Inexpensive cardboard carriers are for sale at the shelter.  It is suggested that dog adopters bring a crate or an adult who can restrain the dog in the car on the way home. You should also bring a suitable collar and leash. 

AN IMPORTANT NOTE

While we want to find homes for the animals, we do not want you to feel any pressure to adopt.  If you decide that you are not prepared to meet the needs of the animal you intended to adopt, you are doing the best thing  you can do by canceling the adoption before you take the animal home.
Sometimes it can take several weeks for animals to get accustomed to their new owners and other pets. Our return policy states you may notify PAWS within 7 days for a full refund. Adoption fees will not be refunded past that time frame.

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