Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

July 9, 2014

Filled to capacity — Shelter drive merits support

— Mercer County’s animal shelter is once again filled to capacity with dogs and cats. As a result, shelter officials are launching a new adoption drive beginning today and continuing through Saturday.

During this four-day campaign, the regular fee of adopting a dog or cat will be half off. Adopting a dog usually costs $85, but this will be reduced to $42.50 through Saturday. There will also be a $3 county tag fee if applicable to a dog.

Adopting a cat will cost $25. Grant’s Supermarket, which has helped sponsor previous adoption events, is once again stepping up as a good corporate neighbor to help with adoption fees during this week’s shelter drive.

“We’re just full and we need some adoptions,” shelter director Lisa Williams said. “We have 164 animals.”

The shelter is in the midst of the annual kitten and puppy season, a time when pregnant dogs and cats and new litters keep arriving. Adding to the problem is the fact that many of the county’s residents do not spay or neuter their pets. And this problem allows the population of homeless pets to keep increasing, Williams says.

The shelter’s hours are from noon to 6 p.m. for those families and individuals who are willing to adopt a loving dog or cat this week. We would encourage all families who are capable of bringing a pet into their home this summer to do so. Please take advantage of this low-cost adoption drive made possible by Grant’s Supermarket.

 

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