Anchorage Animal Shelter — Steller Secondary School

All of our adult dogs have been rescued from the Mat-Su, Houston, and Anchorage animal shelters
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Dogs and cats at high risk of being euthanized because of medical issues, behavioral problems or their remote location will soon be given another chance at a new South Anchorage shelter.
Anchorage Animal Shelter:
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The Anchorage Animal Care and Control shelter is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Supplies for the Anchorage Animal shelter are greatly needed due to their recent increase of Animals needing care in the past few days.
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When the city’s Animal Control contract was awarded to ALPS (a subsidiary of Doyon), Friends of Pets was invited by the municipality and the contractor to participate in that transition as an independent voice for the shelter animals. We worked with ALPS to assure a positive transition that would enhance animal care and improve public service. This working relationship continues to be an effective and dynamic one. During a rewrite of the Title 17 ordinance for animal control, we worked closely with the Animal Control Advisory Board on key points. We negotiated the renaming of the shelter to the Anchorage Animal Care & Control Center as well as helped to make mandatory spay/neuter of shelter animals a reality. I urged my kids to go with Mogley, a huge, motley-looking shaggy-haired adult cat I had fallen in love with at first sight as we scanned through the cages of adoptable felines at Anchorage's animal shelter. But poor Mogley was no match for what the children had spotted at the far end of the cat-packed room: a spritely orange, black and white kitten far less imposing than Mogley, whose scowling, scrunchy face scared them. The Anchorage has opened a new after-hours drop-off facility for stray animals. Its temperature-controlled cages will allow people who find strays to turn in the animals even when the shelter is closed. A previous drop-off program was discontinued in 2011, and the shelter has been without an after-hours option since. Shelter operations are only a portion of Anchorage Animal Care and Control's annual costs, which until 2016 have held steady at just under $2 million with an average increase of $30,000 per year since 2012. This year, the budget is set at $2,108,450, an increase of $129,615 over last year to pay for an additional enforcement officer.If you need to rehome your pet, it's important to understand that Friends of Pets is a group of volunteers who operate from their homes, and does not have a shelter facility to accept your pet. We are mandated to rescue at least 80% of our animals from Anchorage Animal Care & Control, so community rescues are rare except in critical circumstances like the owner's death. We do have several suggestions for you as you seek to rehome your animal companion:

(1) Adopters generally are looking for healthy animals. Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, and has any outstanding medical problems under treatment.

(2) Run an ad in the (257-4444) . We recommend that you ask a rehoming fee, to screen out people who may be irresponsible or unable to afford to keep a pet, and we also have a list of screening questions that can help identify a good home. or call our main number (562-2535, message box #7) for this list.

(3) Place online ads on or other bulletin boards. Again, be thoughtful about the quality of responses you receive before you place your pet in someone else's hands.

(4) Make notices with photos of your pet, and post them at veterinary clinics, grooming shops, pet supply stores. Let your vet's office know you are seeking to rehome your pet.

(5) If you are thinking of rehoming your pet because of a behavior problem, please call us for possible solutions that may keep you from parting with your pet. or call our main number (562-2535, message box #7) for information resources to address pet behavior problems.

(6) If you are thinking of leaving your pet behind when you move, we can also give you helpful tips and strategies that may allow you to relocate with your pet instead. or call our main number (562-2535, message box #7) for information on moving and travel with pets.
Cindy Liggett, of Kitty and K-9 Connection animal rescue in Anchorage, was preparing to accept some today. But others were not so lucky. Liggett said she was in the process Tuesday of trying to find a home for a black Labrador retriever in the shelter. But by the time she found someone interested, it was too late.