Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 19, 2013

Forever homes: Loving animals need help

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — Adoption rates are once again on the decline at the Mercer County Animal Shelter. And that’s unfortunate. With winter just around the corner, there are dozens of loving cats and dogs at the shelter who are looking for caring owners and forever homes.

That’s why several upcoming adoption events planned for the shelter are of particular importance. And one such adoption drive will be held today at Pet One in Princeton.

Such adoption events aim to match animals with good homes. And past adoption events have been very successful for the Mercer County Animal Shelter.

In addition to today’s adoption drive at Pet One, the shelter will hold a harvest-fest adoption event on Saturday, Oct. 26, with adoption fees at the time being paid by Grants Supermarket. Those who chose to adopt a pet during the harvest-fest adoption event on Oct. 26 will only have to pay the $3 county dog tag fee and any remaining veterinarian balance, according to shelter director Lisa Williams. And there is no tag fee for cats.

In addition to the adoption drives, the shelter also is holding a coloring contest. The contest features two age categories for children 3 to 6 years of age and 7 to 12 years of age.

As part of the contest, parents and their children can pick up a coloring sheet at the animal shelter. All of the entries must be returned to the shelter by Oct. 25. It is our hope that many area children will participate in the coloring contest with the chance of winning their very own first puppy or kitten.

All of the adoption events and related activities at the Mercer County Animal Shelter are welcomed. The adoption drives are a great way to help loving pets find caring new homes.

It is our hope that many dogs and cats will be adopted as part of these upcoming events.

We join the shelter in urging area residents to take advantage of the planned adoption drives, including today’s event.

 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.

And don’t forget that plenty of loving animals in need of a new home also can be found at the McDowell County Animal Shelter in Welch, along with the Tazewell County Animal Shelter in Tazewell and the Pet Haven Rescue Center in Falls Mills, also in Tazewell County.

There are plenty of opportunities to adopt a loving cat or dog no matter where you may live.