How long do you keep an animal?

We hold stray animals for 3 business days (not including the day they are brought to the shelter) to allow plenty of time for their owner to claim them. Surrenders are held for 24 hours. If an animal is brought in due to the owner being arrested, we hold the animal for 7 days and send a letter to the owner in jail. The owner can designate another person in writing to claim their animal out for them if they will not be released from jail prior to the 7 days hold ending. After each hold period, the animal is given an exam and made available for adoption. As long as the animal is adoptable, it will be here until we find it a forever home!