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Reclaiming Your Animal
To Reclaim Your Pet
If your pet came into KHS as a stray, you may reclaim it by coming to the shelter during open hours:
Every day except Tuesday: 12:00 – 5:30
Thursday: 12:00 – 6:30
Tuesday: 12:00 - 5:30 (FOR RECLAIMING ANIMALS ONLY)
Pet Reclaim Fees
Impound fee: $25 (first offense); $50 (2nd offense); $75 (3rd offense)
Boarding fee: $15 per night
Vaccination fee: $45
Veterinary fees: Cost of any emergency veterinary care if provided
If your animal comes in to KHS as a stray
As the designated Animal Control agency in Kitsap County, KHS is required by county or local ordinances to pick up, care for, shelter, vaccinate, and provide emergency medical care for stray animals. Our contracts with Kitsap County and local municipalities also authorize us to charge impound, boarding and vaccination fees to recover the cost of collecting, boarding and caring for stray or lost pets during their stay at the shelter. These fees are listed below.
Care Provided: While your animal is here (unless you reclaim it on the day it was brought in), it will receive food, housing, daily care and socializing from our staff and volunteers. If necessary, your pet will receive emergency veterinary care (at KHS or at an emergency animal hospital).
Vaccinations: KHS is required to vaccinate all animals against common diseases. We have no way of knowing whether a stray pet has been vaccinated. We vaccinate each stray animal as soon as it comes into the shelter to protect it from diseases that may be carried by other animals that are here and to protect the many other animals at the shelter. We vaccinate dogs against rabies, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and bordatella. We vaccinate cats against rabies, upper respiratory virus, feline leukemia, and panleukopenia. We give flea treatment to both dogs and cats. There is no danger to your animal in receiving these vaccines even if it was recently vaccinated.
Fees: The pet redemption fees above cover only a portion of our cost to collect, care for and treat stray animals. Please note that as the local Animal Control authority, KHS also can issue citations to owners of stray animals. The first time an animal is picked up as a stray, and if there are no stray animal complaints leading to the animal’s collection, KHS likely will not issue a citation. However, subsequent collections can incur both costly fees and citations. Citations average $156, but can be as high as $300 for a first offense on Bainbridge Island to $394 for a third offense in Bremerton or unincorporated Kitsap County.
Pet owners are encouraged to leash or contain their pets both to protect their animal and to avoid costly redemption fees and citations.