Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

December 19, 2013

Adoption fair: Bring a dog, cat home for Christmas

— — If you have ever thought about adopting a loving cat or dog from the Mercer County Animal Shelter, now would be the time to do so.

Beginning today and continuing through Saturday, Grant’s Supermarket will be paying the adoption fees for all animals adopted at the shelter as part of the Home, Sweet, Home Adoption Fair. That’s right. Our local hometown grocery story will cover the adoption fees today through Saturday so that dozens of cats and dogs can find a new home just in time for Christmas.

This is the second year Grant’s Supermarket has paid adoption fees as part of the annual holiday campaign at the Mercer County shelter.

“Last year we did it because the shelter was overcrowded,” Ron Martin, one of the supermarket chain’s owners, said. “And they were trying to empty the shelter so they wouldn’t have to euthanize any of the animals. They almost emptied the shelter last year.”

During the inaugural 2012 campaign, concerned citizens adopted about 95 cats and dogs. As of earlier this week, the shelter had about 60 dogs and 24 cats ready for adoption this weekend — and that was not counting a new litter of seven puppies that had just arrived.

With the adoption fees covered by Grant’s Supermarket, those who adopt a cat or dog between today and Saturday will only be responsible for whatever balance is left in veterinary fees if an animal was spayed or neutered, according to shelter director Lisa Williams.

The fee for cats is usually $50, and the fee for dogs is normally $85. Dog fees are $88 if the new owner has to purchase a $3 county dog tag, according to Williams. So by waiving the adoption fees, area residents will see a tremendous cost savings by adopting today through Saturday.

More animals arrive as soon as others find new homes. “We adopted out about 97 last year, and after these were gone, you’ll get another 96 back in. At least you have room for them,” Williams said.

The Mercer County Animal Shelter is located at 961 Shelter Road near Princeton. It is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

We join the shelter in urging area residents to take advantage of this low-cost adoption drive. There are dozens of loving cats and dogs at the shelter in need of a good home. If you have ever thought about adopting a cat or dog, now would be the time to do so. It’s a great deal and a great time to adopt a new pet.

We also applaud Grant’s Supermarket for their willingness to once again sponsor an adoption drive at the shelter. Their continued support of the animal shelter is welcomed, and does make a big difference in helping to find forever homes for many dogs and cats.

Please take advantage of this three-day adoption drive. Help a loving dog or cat find a new home just in time for Christmas.

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