Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


May 14, 2013

Adoption drive Ideal time to bring a dog, cat home

— Area residents looking to add a loving dog or cat to their family are urged to take advantage of a low-cost adoption campaign continuing through Wednesday at the Mercer County Animal Shelter.

The “Take me Home from the Shelter” adoption event is sponsored by Grant’s Supermarket, which is donating $2,000 to the shelter to help defray the adoption fees, according to shelter director Lisa Williams.

As a result, dogs can be adopted today and Wednesday for $30. The regular fee for a dog is $75. And cats can be adopted for $10. The normal fee for adopting cats is $40. The reduced adoption fees cover spaying or neutering, vaccinations and deworming. So the reduced rates provide a tremendous cost savings to those who choose to adopt today and Wednesday.

The goal of the shelter drive is to get dogs and cats at the Green Valley facility adopted out and into loving homes. It is no secret that the shelter continues to face overcrowding problems. The shelter’s available space varies from day to day, according to Williams. For example on May 8, the shelter had 179 dogs and cats. That’s why it is so important to have animals adopted from the facility on a regular basis.

There are also concerns that the city of Bluefield’s new ban on pit bulls could further complicate the overcrowding problem — provided that city officials are successful in securing court orders signed by a city magistrate for each pit bull that is confiscated and brought to the shelter.

The animal shelter will be open from noon to 6 p.m. each day of the adoption event.

“We’re trying to move as many (animals) as we can into homes and as many as we can out into rescue,” Williams said. She correctly adds that spring is a good time to adopt a new dog because house training for the animal is easier during the warm weather.

It is our hope that many dogs and cats will be adopted as part of this drive.

During the Christmas season in 2012, the shelter hosted an adoption event titled “Home Sweet Home.” More than 100 dogs and cats were adopted, and adoption fees were reduced. Grant’s Supermarket also helped pay fees during the holiday event.

“It was a really nice thing,” Williams said of the holiday adoption drive. “It gave the community a chance to see the shelter and see how hard we work with our animals.”

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. Keep in mind that the reduced rates include the cost of spaying or neutering, vaccinations and deworming. So it’s a great deal, and a great time, to adopt a cat or dog.

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


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