Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 16, 2013

Adoption events aim to find homes for shelter animals

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — The Mercer County Animal Shelter is gearing up for upcoming adoption events in hopes of findings local animals their forever homes.

Adoptions of homeless animals are low right now, according to shelter Director Lisa Williams.

“But we are expecting things to pick up around the holidays,” Williams said.

The shelter is getting ready for an adoption event Saturday at the Pet One in Princeton.

If the animal required veterinarian care, and there is a remaining balance for the veterinarian fee, the new owner will be asked to pay that and a $3 county dog tag fee, Williams said. There is no tag fee for cats.

Adoption events really help get animals to good homes, Williams said. She said adoption events is how most of the animals find homes, Williams said.

On Oct. 26, the shelter will hold a havest-fest adoption event and adoption fees will be paid by Grants Supermarket, Williams said.

Also, the shelter is having a coloring contest. There are two age categories, 3 to 6 years old, and 7 to 12 years old. Williams said residents can pick up a coloring sheet at the animal shelter and sheets must be turned in by Oct. 25. The winner will have the choice of picking their own dog or cat of their choice.

For those parents who will not let them adopt an animal, children can either receive a $20 gift card or choose to sponsor an animal for someone else to adopt, Williams said.

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