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The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, run by the police department, receives Los Alamos animals through owner surrender, abandonment and by picking up roaming animals in this county.
The currently low rate of euthanasia has been achieved through the efforts of employees and volunteers to have animals adopted and fostered. The volunteer program would like to expand the network of foster homes for Los Alamos animals in order to continue this success.
A major cause of illness in shelters is overcrowding. When the shelter becomes overcrowded, short-term foster homes can save health and lives by temporarily absorbing the overflow. When staff advises that adoptions have reduced the population, these fosters may return to the shelter.
Animals are fostered either long-term or short-term, for a variety of reasons. Some new arrivals are infant animals too young to thrive in a busy shelter environment. A short-term foster home can provide more frequent feeding, better temperature control and the socialization necessary for successful adoption. Also, the baby animals must attain a minimum weight before a veterinarian can spay or neuter them as required prior to adoption.
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