October is “Adopt a Shelter Pet” month at Dublin Animal Hospital! We believe that adopted animals deserve a healthy start in their new homes, which is why new pets adopted from Happy Cats Haven, Safe Place for Pets, and the Pikes Peak Humane Society are all eligible for a free initial health exam at Dublin.*

Happy Cats Haven: A non-profit, no-kill rescue & adoption center for homeless cats & kittens in the Pikes Peak region. Their cats & kittens stay safely with them until adoption, so they get to know them as well as they can. Because they know their cats well, they are able to give you the information you need to make your best possible match…with your family as well as any other pets in your home. They have placed over 1,000 cats and kittens since they started and their adopters can testify to those happy placements.

Safe Place for Pets: A Non-Profit Organization committed to finding loving homes for the pets of terminally ill patients. All Safe Place animals receive a medical and behavioral evaluation before adoption. All vaccinations are up to date and pets are neutered or spayed before placement. Safe Place ensures that animals find loving homes. They require all adoptive families to complete a questionnaire, spend time with the animal, and allow a Safe Place evaluator to perform a home safety assessment. If for any reason an adoptive family is unable to continue providing care for an animal, Safe Place will find another home for their pet.

Pikes Peak Humane Society: Founded in 1949, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to the care and protection of domesticated animals in our community. HSPPR rescues and cares for animals in distress, reunites lost pets with their owners, finds loving homes for homeless animals and teaches people how to properly care for and respect animals, as well as enforces licensing and other animal ordinances.

You might be surprised to learn that the Pikes Peak Humane Society has more animals available for adoption than just cats and dogs. They also have snakes, birds, guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits, hamsters, turtles, and whatever else is brought in that needs a forever home.

You may have heard that the Humane Society has expensive adoption fees. Some people argue that for $300 or $400, they may as well go adopt a purebred puppy instead of adopt. While you may think that is expensive, you need to consider what that money is paying for. The animal you want to adopt has been sheltered and fed for several weeks, maybe even months, and received medical care from local veterinarians. All cats and dogs from the Humane Society have been microchipped, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered- that alone would cost more than $400 from a veterinary clinic.

*The free initial health exam for adopted pets is a $52 dollar value. Any additional services done within the exam, such as vaccines, lab work, surgeries, or prescribing medications, are at the regular price.