why a shelter pet..............................................................

Every day, the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) takes in approximately 30 lost, stray and unwanted pets. At the KCAS, we work very hard to reunite lost pets with their owners. We admit stray animals at the shelter and hold them while trying to locate their owners. KCAS keeps a log of reported stray animals being held in people’s homes. We also maintain a lost pet logbook allowing pet owners to post their pet’s information for Shelter visitors to view. Since new animals arrive every day, we recommend owners searching for a lost pet visit the Shelter every couple of days.

Unclaimed animals are evaluated and placed up for adoption as long as they are found to be healthy and behaviorally acceptable. We do not set a time on how long we hold an animal; we do our best to get every animal a home. Our relationships with other animal rescue organizations allow us transfer pets.

Our goal is 100% return-to-owner, transfers or adoptions. 
But we can’t do that without the support of the community.

When adopting, know that you are making a long-term commitment: 10 to 15 years for dogs and up to 20 years for cats. Understand that your lifestyle, apartment or housing restrictions and your schedule have an impact on the type of pet you can or should adopt. You will also need time to train the pet.  If you have children, make sure they understand the pet’s behaviors to maintain a healthy relationship.

Rather than buying a pet, KCAS suggests you come to the shelter and find a pet that needs a home. Our specialists can assist you
in determining the pet and breed that will fit your needs best.