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Ames Animal Shelter Adds New Services

Post Date:02/08/2019 3:00 PM

With the addition of a new Animal Control Veterinary Technician, the City of Ames Animal Shelter has been able to add new services to improve shelter animal care. These services include microchipping, additional testing, and vaccinations for adoptable pets.

The Animal Shelter will now provide microchips for each adoptable cat, dog, and rabbit. Cats will also receive rabies vaccines if over 4 months of age, and all cats will be tested for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). All dogs will be tested for heartworms and receive Bordetella vaccinations, and dogs over 4 months of age will receive rabies vaccinations. The City of Ames Animal Shelter will also continue to ensure each cat, dog, and rabbit is spayed/neutered, dewormed, and provided a flea treatment before their adoption. Cats and dogs will also continue to be vaccinated for distemper. Additionally, pets receive special medical care as needed during their stay at the shelter.

Microchipping pets helps reunite lost animals with their owners. When a lost pet is found, it can be scanned for a microchip at any animal shelter or a veterinarian’s office. The animal’s identification number is communicated to the microchip company, and the pet owner is notified.

“We believe providing these critical vaccinations and tests for our adoptable animals will not only benefit the animals at the shelter and their new families, but also the Ames community,” said Ron Edwards, Animal Control Supervisor. “Vaccinated animals are not only better protected from illness, but also have less chance of transmitting illness to another animal. Testing cats for FeLV/FIV allows us to educate future owners on the cat’s needs, and testing for heartworms in dogs allows us to identify and treat them before adoption.”

The City of Ames Animal Shelter, located at 325 Billy Sunday Road, is committed to continuously improving the care provided to its animals. The addition of these services for adoptable shelter animals should create a healthier pet population and fewer lost pets in Ames.

Following adoption from the Ames Animal Shelter, pet parents are strongly encouraged to continue their new pet’s veterinary care. There are several veterinary hospitals in Ames that provide the critical annual exams and vaccinations that pets require. As part of the adoption, each veterinary clinic in Ames has agreed to provide an initial complimentary exam on newly adopted Ames Animal Shelter pets.

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