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August 5, 2009 > Hayward animal shelter hosts adoption event

Hayward animal shelter hosts adoption event

By Simon Wong
Photos By Courtesy of Christina Gin

Hayward Animal Shelter is overflowing with furballs. Not only is it kitten season but many owners have surrendered their pets because of the economic downturn.

Shelter volunteers will host an adoption event this coming weekend. Kittens, cats, dogs, puppies, rabbits and other animals are available as new companions.

The facility is manned by about 18 members of the City of Hayward Police Department. They are responsible for its operation and the day-to-day care of the animals. They feed and water them, clean cages and litter boxes and do laundry. About 100 volunteers undertake fundraising and help to socialize the animals and assist with regular duties when the shelter is short-staffed.

The animals in care may be strays, brought in by community members and handed over-the-counter or surrendered by their owners.

There is no time limit on how long the animals remain at the shelter though California law specifies a minimum of four business days.

The length of a stay depends on available space and behavioral issues. Animals with depression or stress because of confinement are deemed unsuitable for adoption and are euthanized. Unfortunately, the same fate befalls many animals that are perfectly healthy to make room for new arrivals, especially during the kitten season.

"There is a fee to adopt a pet. It covers spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, a carrier (cats, kittens, bunnies, small critters). All pets are checked and treated by a veterinarian before adoption to ensure good health. The dogs are tested for temperament before they are put up for adoption," explained volunteer Christina Gin.

"We charge less than the typical $250, or more, that a vet charges to vaccinate, spay or neuter a cat or a dog. The shelter also sells low-cost spay/neuter certificates to owners whose pets are already intact. A low-cost certificate for a male cat/kitten would be $20."

Hayward Animal Shelter Adoption Event
16 Barnes Court
Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Call (510) 293 7200

Adoption Fees

Female cats/kittens: $107
Male cats/kittens: $97
Female dogs/puppies: $166.50
Male dogs/puppies: $141.50
Female rabbits: $85.
Male rabbits: $70.
All other animals - turtles, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, reptiles, etc.: $20.

If the adopter lives outside the City of Hayward, the license fee is deducted.

If a pet enters the shelter already spayed or neutered, the fee is reduced because the shelter does not have to subsidize the procedure.

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