Q: Do you rescue cats as well as dogs?
A: Yes, we do. We have a lot more dogs than cats, but we wouldn’t forget our feline friends. Cats are not kept at the Andersonville location. It’s a small space and would be too stressful for them, so they go into foster homes immediately. Unfortunately, this means we can’t take very many.
Q: Will I have to pay to adopt a dog or cat?
A: Yes. Our adoption fee is $250. This goes towards the care of our animals, many of which require expensive medical treatment. To put this into perspective, all animals that can safely undergo the procedure leave Famous Fido spayed or neutered. The cost of a spay/neuter is approximately $300.
Q: Are all of your animal spayed or neutered?
A: All animals leave the shelter spayed or neutered, unless the procedure poses a serious danger to its health.
Q: I would like to volunteer. How do I get involved?
A: Take a look here [link to volunteer section] to see what opportunities we have available and decide how you would like to help. Fill out a volunteer form online or call us on 773 907 0305, to discuss how your skills are best suited to help us.
Q: I need to give up my dog. Will you take it?
A: First we would like to discuss why you feel you can no longer look after your dog. Is it a behavioral issue that can be worked through with a trainer? Are you having problems paying for medical bills? Do you know anyone that would take your dog on a permanent or temporary basis? Call us to discuss these issues. A shelter is a very stressful environment for an animal. If there is way to avoid it being admitted into the shelter, we must try that first. Rehoming is the best and only answer.
Q: I can't afford to donate money. Is there another way I can help?
A: Yes. We are always looking for volunteers who can give as little or as much time as they have to spare. Have a look here [insert link to volunteer section] to see how you can help.
Q: Is it ever OK to euthanize an animal?
A: We only would only ever euthanize an animal in extreme circumstances - if it is terminally ill or in great pain. We very much consider it the last resort.
We think it’s vital to change the way people think about their animals. We need to stop animals being viewed as property, as something that is owned, and encourage people to think of themselves as a ‘guardian’. A guardian protects their animal. A guardian does not buy an animal on a whim, to discard it when it is no longer convenient or fashionable. Using this term instead of ‘owner,’ will encourage people to stop people viewing and treating their animals as dispensable property.