Why does the SPCA ask me so many questions before I adopt? As a rescue organization, part of our mission is to break the cycle of unwanted and abandoned pets.We need to ensure that all prospective adopters are prepared to be responsible pet owners and are committed to meeting all the pet’s needs.It takes an investment of time, resources and emotional energy to provide a nurturing healthy home for one of these innocent creatures.But the joy these pets bring to our lives makes it all more than worth it!
Where is the SPCA of Southwest Michigan Rescue Center? Our shelter is located at 6955 West KL Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI49009. Is the SPCA the same as the county pound? No. We have cooperative relationships with many of these government agencies. In each county, the government has a division of Animal Services and Control (the county pound) which provides the important services of picking up stray animals, enforcing laws, licensing, etc.The SPCA of Southwest Michigan is not affiliated with any government agency or national organization.Our mission is rescue animals scheduled for euthanasia due to overpopulation at county pounds, rehabilitate them, and adopt them into responsible homes.We operate solely on privately donated funds and adoptions fees.The SPCA does not euthanize animals to manage over-population. Does SPCA euthanize pets if their shelter and foster homes are full? No.
Does SPCA get money from government agencies or national organizations? No. We operate solely on privately donated funds and adoptions fees.Therefore, unlike county pounds, SPCA is not subject to any government regulations requiring euthanasia as a means of managing our population of rescued pets.
The SPCA of Southwest Michigan does not receive funding from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) which is based in New York City and rescues pets in the New York City area only.
I’m aware of an animal being neglected or abused.What should I do? Call the authorities immediately – the Animal Services and Control agency for your county, or you local police.Many counties will allow you to remain anonymous if you feel it is necessary.The SPCA takes in and rehabilitates abused and neglected animals, but by law, we can only be of assistance after the local authorities have investigated, intervened, and receive custody of the pet.The owner may voluntarily relinquish the pet to authorities or it may be seized by the county Animal Services and Control agency.
I found a stray animal.Can I bring it to the SPCA? Because of legal restrictions, the SPCA cannot take in stray animals.Please notify or take the animal to the appropriate local authorities – Animal Services & Control agency (county pound) or police.We know this is difficult, but it increases the likelihood that a lost pet will be reunited with its family.
I don’t want my pet anymore. Or, I can’t take care of my pet anymore.Will SPCA take it? The SPCA’s core mission is to rescue dogs, cats, puppies and kittens scheduled for euthanasia at county pounds in the region.Sometimes, we will accept a dog or puppy released by the owner, depending on the circumstances, the animal’s characteristics, as well as the types and quantity of animals already in our care.
Why are SPCA adoption fees different from some of the other rescue groups? We do everything possible to get you and your new family member started on the right paw!
When you adopt one of our pets, you are assured that the pet has received a medical check up, gets vaccinations, a microchip for identification, complete medical records, as well as its spay/neuter.This medical care requires substantial financial investment in each pet by SPCA.These services, which would be performed by any responsible pet owner, would cost the adoptive family more than the adoption fee when obtained from a vet after adoption.Several area vet clinics generously assist us in rescuing abandoned and injured animals by providing discounted pricing for SPCA rescues. Click here to learn the actual cost of a ‘free’ dog Also, we have determined that it is critical to our mission to offer our pets a shelter facility immediately after intake.This requires significant financial support.
How do I become a volunteer for the SPCA? It’s fun and rewarding –Click here for details. If I return an adopted pet to SPCA for reasons other than medical or other issues noted in the adoption agreement I signed, can I get a refund? No.As a non-profit, every dollar is reinvested immediately back into medical bills or other costs for rescuing pets.We do not have the financial flexibility to operate like a retail store. Thank you for understanding.