Dogs and cats of all ages, sizes, and activity levels are now available at the St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center, located at 4850 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters. To encourage adoptions and help find loving homes for pets, Humane Services Division staff are offering several special fall adoption offers, including:
• $10 adoption fee for any animal that has been at the animal adoption center for more than 30 days
• $30 adoption fee for any dog or cat over 4 months old
• $60 adoption fee for puppies or kittens under 4 months old
“Animal shelters are traditionally more crowded this time of year, but the Pet Adoption Center is close to capacity this fall,” said Katie Willis, director of the Humanitarian Services Division. “Dogs, cats and other pets are at their best when cared for by loving families in forever homes. We are offering these fall adoption promotions to appeal to families looking for the pet perfect companion and are ready to open their homes and hearts to our amazing animals.
Adopting through the Pet Adoption Center offers great value. Adoption fees include a thorough health exam, initial vaccinations, neutering or neutering service, microchipping, and county rabies license — services that aren’t always included when adopting elsewhere. To view available pets, visit sccmo.org/pets or call 636-949-7387 to schedule an appointment to view the facility.
Located across from St. Charles Community College, the Pet Adoption Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (with extended hours until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays). For convenience, the refuge is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Choosing the right pet for your family
“Matching the right pet with the right family is the goal of the Pet Adoption Center staff,” notes Willis. “Through careful consideration, our staff will work with interested adopters to find the best pet for any situation. By making good matches between owners and their chosen pets, animals can make a smooth and successful transition into their new homes.
To help create the perfect match, Pet Adoption Center staff encourage adopters to consider several important questions before narrowing down their search, including:
• What is your preferred age for the animal? Puppies or kittens need more time, patience, and exercise, while older pets may have established behaviors and routines.
• Is race important to you, and if so, which ones are desired? Adopters should recognize that different breeds of dogs and cats may exhibit different personality traits, behavior and physical needs.
• What is your family situation and living conditions for your home? Whether you live in a small apartment or have a fenced-in backyard, this can help determine the right pet. And some breeds do better with young children or other pets than others.
• Do you prefer an active pet or a couch pet? Each animal has a different personality, but some particular animals and breeds are better suited to logging miles around the neighborhood, while others prefer to snuggle up in your lap.
Tips for hosting at home a new dog or cat
Bringing home a new pet is a big adjustment for both pet and family. To ease the transition, consider:
• Provide a small, quiet space where the dog or cat can be alone.
• Have fixed locations for food and water bowls — and the litter box for a cat — to develop a routine.
• Eliminate potential hazards and areas of curiosity that could harm the animal or cherish family treasures.
• Establish firm rules for the animal and family members.
Pets welcome for those Who can’t adopt
For families who are unable to commit to full-time pet ownership, the Humanitarian Services Division also operates a robust foster pet program. Foster families care for animals in a safe environment to prepare the animal for future adoption. From the quiet comfort of a private home, adoptive parents can socialize dogs or cats with other people or pets and provide behavioral cues that can be used to improve connection with families interested in adoption. . The division assists foster families by providing food and care supplies, veterinary care and most necessary medications, as well as 24-hour support. For more information on applying to become a foster pet foster home, visit sccmo.org/PetFoster or call 636-949-7387.
To learn more about pet adoptions and the services provided by the St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center, visit sccmo.org/PAC or call 636-949-7387.