We sure can! Thanks to donations from our community, we have a pet food bank program for people a little down on their luck. We do ask that dogs be licensed, and pets be spayed or neutered within four months. We are able to provide funding assistance for people in our food bank program.
Animal Shelter Resources
The Central Coast Humane Society has programs to assist with community cats and those unable to afford spay/neuter surgeries. You may reach them at 541-265-3719. They are staffed by volunteers and normally return calls at 3:00 pm.
Central Coast Humane Society administers funds provided by their own donors, FOLCAS and Beach Bark Funds to assist with community member's pet's medical emergencies. You may call 541-265-3719 for assistance. Please note that they are staffed by volunteers and normally return phone calls at 3:00 pm.
The Animal Shelter and Animal Services Deputies are primarily funded by our community through property taxes. There is an Animal Services Taxing District that cannot be used for any other purpose than Animal Services (funds are not and cannot be used for any other county department or anything else within the Sheriff's Office). In addition, we are supported by fees, including licenses and adoptions, and generous donations by caring people and businesses. Donations to our Medical Trust fund allow us to provide extensive life-saving care to animals in need.
On average, LCAS adopts or reunites 900 animals per year (100% of healthy/treatable and 88% overall). LCAS provides lost-cost owner request euthanasias and accepts all animals in need, regardless of their behavior or medical condition.
LCAS is a “managed admissions” shelter, which means we accept surrendered pets from Lincoln County as space allows. All lost dogs and injured animals are immediately accepted. Animals are thoroughly evaluated for both health and temperament for our adoption program. We have no breed discrimination rules. We do not euthanize any adoptable animals. All adoptable animals are with us until they find a home, or are transferred to a partner shelter--there is no time limit to their stay.
We do euthanize animals who display extreme aggression, who are suffering mentally and/or physically, or who have communicable diseases that will easily spread throughout the shelter population. The decision to euthanize an animal is never taken lightly, and each case is thoroughly assessed on an individual basis. If an animal must be euthanized, he or she is treated humanely and with respect, and all applicable laws and regulations are followed. Euthanized animals are cremated offsite.
LCAS primarily finds homes for dogs and cats; however, we do help small animals, birds, reptiles and livestock as we can.
Adoption fees help offset the cost of care for our animals. Fees for dogs range from $55-$250 and they are name-your-own-price-over-$10 for cats. Senior dogs may be adopted by senior people (over 55) for $5. Adoption fees for dogs that are in high demand (e.g. small dogs, puppies, unusual shelter breeds, and purebreds) are set higher. These types of dogs tend to be adopted very quickly, which helps offset the cost of care for other dogs that may stay with us for a month or longer before finding new homes. In addition, many dogs receive dental work, blood screening, and other medical services prior to adoption, so the higher fees can help offset some of those costs as well.
If you are experiencing difficulties with your new pet, we are happy to work with you to try to resolve the issue through behavior advice, tips and/or training. If you find that the match still isn’t working out, you may return the pet within 7 days of adoption to receive a full refund of your adoption fee. We always welcome back any animal we have adopted.
Every adoption through LCAS includes the spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a vet exam, microchip, ID tag, two free training sessions, a free bag of food, and other valuable benefits. In addition, we evaluate pets for health and temperament, so that we can help match adopters with the pet that’s right for them. We also offer post-adoption support to address concerns and questions that may come up after a pet goes home. In all, adopting a pet is a tremendous value for the price.
A “free” pet is not really free because you will likely have to pay for his first vet exam, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, and other services. Those costs add up quickly, and you will probably end up paying more for your “free” pet than if you adopted one from a reputable rescue group or shelter.
Most animals are surrendered because the owner’s circumstances change, not because there is anything wrong with the animal. People may find that they can no longer afford to care for their animal, they need to move and their new housing does not accept pets, or they no longer have the time to spend with them. Failure to spay or neuter a pet also results in hard-to-place litters, which are then brought to the shelter. Many animals brought to the animal shelter are healthy, temperamentally sound, and terrific companions for their new adopters.
LCAS accepts small pets including rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, rodents, and other small animals. Please call us to make an appointment.
Yes, but please be aware that truly feral cats cannot be accepted into our adoption program. If you want to bring in a feral cat, please call for an appointment for a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday morning. We charge a fee of $25 to safely handle and accept a feral cat. If a cat is semi-social, we are able to place them as barn or shop cats.
We encourage you to contact the Central Coast Humane Society to learn about local Trap/Neuter/Return options. You can also contact the Feral Cat Coalition for information about caring for feral cat colonies.
Call an Animal Services Deputy at 541-265-4231. By law, dogs and cats who bite humans and break skin must be quarantined and observed for a 10-day period to ensure there are no symptoms of rabies. If an animal is up-to-date on its rabies vaccine, it usually can be observed at home. If an animal is not up-to-date on its rabies vaccine, or if the bite was a particularly dangerous one, the animal may be required to be quarantined and observed at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter at a cost of $10 per night.
Make sure to obtain the contact information for the owner and seek medical attention if necessary. You should also report the bite to Animal Services at 541-265-4231 to file a report and to determine if the animal needs to be quarantined for rabies observation.
Dogs and cats who are current on their rabies vaccines and are exposed to an animal that is known to have rabies will require a 45-day quarantine/observation period, which can most often be done at home. Dogs and cats that are not current on their rabies vaccines require a six-month quarantine period during which time they cannot have direct contact with humans or other animals.
People often vaccinate their dogs against rabies, but fail to vaccinate their cats. Cats are more likely to come into contact with bats than dogs. Even indoor cats have been exposed to rabid bats. It is just as important to keep your cat up-to-date on rabies vaccines as it is your dog.
Under Oregon law, animal caregivers must meet "minimum standards of care," which means care sufficient to preserve the health and well-being of the animal. Essentially, it means animals must be provided with potable water, food, shelter, a clean environment, and proper veterinary care. If you believe minimum care standards are not being met, or if you believe an animal is being physically abused, has been abandoned, or is in immediate danger, please contact an Animal Services Deputy at 541-265-4231. You may also submit a citizen report online. Law enforcement may decide to remove or seize the animal and may place him or her in protective custody with LCAS.
You may contact an Animal Services Deputy through dispatch at 541-265-4231 or submit a citizen report online.