Nevada County PAWS

Placement Assistance Watch & Support – Helping Our Community Re-Home Their Pets

Is Your Pet Ready

Making Your Pet More Adoptable

There are several things you can do to make your pet more adoptable. Below is a little information on each subject. If you don’t find the information you need here, please contact Lori at

NOTE: Most of this information pertains to dogs and cats. If you have another type of pet, let us know and we will help you get any information you need.

MOST IMPORTANT: Be proactive and stay involved!!! The sooner you get started the better. It can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to find a new forever home for your pet, so, don’t delay. You can always change your mind if you discover you can keep your pet and we are here to answer any questions you may have about the process. Being involved will help insure that your pet finds a safe and loving home. We will, of course, be on hand to oversee the adoption process.

Appearance: Taking the time to make your pet looks great goes a long way in making them more appealing to potential adopters. Bathing and/or grooming is a must for that great picture, the initial meet and greet, and will give your pet that extra boost of confidence that will capture someone’s heart or interest. Under the Resources Menu we have a list of groomers in Nevada County for you to choose from.

Spay/Neuter: One of the first questions a person asks about a potential new pet is, “Are they spayed/neutered?”. It’s not only a perk for the person interested in adopting it’s just the right thing to do as a responsible pet owner. If your pet is not spayed/neutered, there are vets listed under the Resources Menu. Under links, to the left, we listed Sammie’s Friends, Pound Puppy Rescue and Animal Save. All of them provide low-cost spay/neuter. Click on any one of their links for more information.

Heart Worm Prevention and Vaccinations: Another important question will be; “Is this pet up to date on vaccinations?” and, “Is this pet on heart worm prevention”. If the answer is yes to both questions that’s good news! If not, it is imperative that you bring your pet up to date on at least the basic vaccinations and heart worm prevention.

Heart Worm prevention is a must in Nevada County. We live in an area that has one of the highest instances of heart worm disease in the United States. If your pet is not on heart worm prevention it’s best to start right away and have them tested as soon as possible.

By law, all pets must have a Rabies vaccine. You should consult with a vet to determine what additional vaccines your pet needs. Under the Resources Menu is a list of vets in Nevada County.

There is a low-cost vaccination clinic for dogs and cats, every Saturday at Incredible Pets in Grass Valley, 649 Sutton Way, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on a first come first serve basis. Click on their link to the left for more info.  

Animal Save also provides low-cost vaccinations and heart worm testing if you call for an appointment. Click on their link for  contact information.

Training: If your pet has any behavioral issues, re-homing your pet will only amplify these issues and is not a solution to the problem at hand. Consider talking with a trainer to see if resolving some of these issues will make your pet more adoptable, or possibly encourage you to keep your pet. Under the Resources Menu we have listed several trainers in our community.

Exercise and Healthy Diet: Each pets’ needs are different. As a responsible pet owner it’s up to you to find out what works best for your pet to keep them healthy and well-adjusted. They all need some form of exercise and a healthy diet. Both can go a long way in preventing not only some behavioral issues but future health problems. Consider talking with someone about your pets diet. A good place to start would be Scraps. They are knowledgeable and well-informed about healthy pet food, treats and toys. Click on their link to the left for more info.

To keep up on all the latest info on pet food, check out The Truth About Pet Food from out Links menu. Susan Thixton does a wonderful job of keeping us informed on pet food issues.

Great Photos: I can’t tell you how important a good photo of your pet is for their listing and flyer. Our resident photographer, Therese, takes the most amazing pics of animals. She has a knack for capturing the essence of each animal and brings out the best in them all. You can see some of her work at our Nevada County Pets with Smug Mug website. It is listed under links on our home page. Therese is available to help get the best possible pics of your pets. Just contact her to schedule a photo shoot. Use Contact Us, above, to get in touch with her. But, send what pics you have for the listing and flyer. We can always update once Therese takes the “professional” pics.

Disclaimer: PAWS is not responsible for the practices of any business or organization listed on our website.

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