AAR Animal Admission Policy – please read carefully before contacting AAR regarding surrendering an animal. We are a limited admission shelter and cannot take drop-offs. It is also illegal to dump animals.
AAR is a “limited admission” shelter which means that to the best of our ability animals are screened for temperament and untreatable health issues before being accepted into the adoption program. Since AAR does not euthanize for space, in order to avoid overcrowding and warehousing, intake rates must match adoption rates, i.e. space is made available by adoptions.
Abandoned Animal Rescue (AAR) requires an individual who wants to give up an owned pet to schedule an appointment for an intake session with a trained team member. There are several scenarios: (1) If the animal is deemed adoptable (either immediately, or after needed veterinary care) and space is available, AAR may take the animal in that day; (2) If the animal is deemed adoptable (either immediately, or after needed veterinary care) and space is NOT available, you may choose to wait until space is available; (3) If animal is deemed not acceptable into AAR’s adoption program or you cannot wait for space, AAR can refer you to other agencies.
We encourage people to take stray animals to the appropriate animal control agency for their area. The local animal control agency is the mandated authority funded by tax dollars that enforces animal control laws and impounds and houses strays and is often the first place pet owners will look for their animal. If you have been confining and caring for an animal for 7 days or more, and/or have made a reasonable effort to find the owner (flyers, posting on lost/found websites, etc.), AAR considers that animal to be your property and not a stray. Please schedule an appointment for intake evaluation as an “owned” animal.
If you have rescued a stray and can keep in your possession for awhile, AAR encourages you to post neighborhood signs, post on neighborhood and shelter web sites, etc. and attempt to reunite the animal with its original owner on your own.
For Dogs: provide description including breed, color, size, age, interaction with other animals, adults, children, how long you’ve had the dog, a picture if possible, and any medical information you may have (vaccinations, heartworm status, spay/neuter).
For Cats: provide description including breed, color, age, interaction with other animals, adults, children, how long you’ve had the cat, a picture if possible, and any medical information you may have(vaccinations, FeLV & FIV status, spay/neuter, declawed, etc.).