Wanted: Loving families; Shelter extends adoption event, seeks to place dogs and cats

By Racey Burden | Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015

While many families brought home a furry friend this weekend, the Wise County Animal Control Shelter still has future pets awaiting adoption.

By Monday morning, 23 animals had been adopted in Wise County during the Clear the Shelter event. Clear the Shelter is a nationwide push for pet adoption, and it was so popular at the Wise County shelter that it was extended past the weekend. Volunteers covered the adoption and spay and neuter fees for the pets during the event.

Furry Friend

FURRY FRIEND – Hailey and Logan Harris get to know their new dog at the Wise County Animal Control Shelter’s Clear the Shelter event. Twenty-three animals found homes over the event weekend. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“It’s to get all the dogs and cats out,” shelter technician Kimberly Allen said. “Find them a good home.”

The shelter still had 14 adoptable dogs, as well as a few cats, Monday morning. It’s open for adoptions 9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday and the third Saturday of every month.

CLEAR THE SHELTER – The Wise County Animal Control Shelter is looking for homes for all of its animals. At left, the Harris family gets to know their new pet. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Among the dogs still awaiting adoption is Fancy, an older black female.

“She’s a sweetheart of a dog, but she gets passed up,” Allen said.

Black dogs tend to be overlooked come adoption day. All three of the dogs that have been at the shelter the longest, including Fancy, are black.

“It’s like a black dog phenomenon,” shelter technician Tori Hopkins said. “It’s everywhere, not just here.”

To adopt any animal from the shelter, potential pet owners must present a valid driver’s license, pay a $30 adoption fee, get their animal a rabies shot and have their pet spayed or neutered within 30 days of the adoption.

Shelter workers cautioned potential adopters to choose their new pets carefully and to be aware of the responsibilities required beforehand.

“Don’t impulse buy,” Hopkins said.

Anyone interested in adopting an animal can pick up an adoption form at the shelter, 119 Private Road 4195 in Decatur.

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