Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 7, 2014

Mercer Animal Shelter plans adoption, carnival event

PRINCETON — Mercer County’s animal shelter is filled to capacity with dogs and cats, so people who want to adopt a new pet and pay less to do it will have their opportunity soon.

The Mercer County Animal Shelter will have an adoption event from July 9 through July 12, said Director Lisa Williams. Finding homes for dogs and cats is the goal.

“We’re just full and we need some adoptions,” 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. Many of the county’s residents do not spay or neuter their pets; this problem allows the population of homeless pets to keep increasing, Williams stated.

“The shelter is a place where we take them in and do the very best to find them homes,” she added.

During the adoption, the regular fee will be half off. Adopting a dog usually costs $85, but this will be reduced to $42.50. There will also be a $3 county tag fee if applicable to a dog.

Adopting a cat will cost $25, Williams said. Grant’s Supermarket, which has helped sponsor previous adoption events, will be helping with adoption fees during the July effort.

The shelter’s hours will be noon to 6 p.m., she said.

Previous adoption drives have been successful.

“We did one a couple of years ago for Christmas,” Williams recalled. “We did a coloring contest last year in October, and on Saturday (July 12) we want to have a carnival.” The plan is to have a dunking booth, pie throw and pony rides.

“Anyone who would like to come and participate would be great,” she said. The shelter is looking for more volunteers and donations of carnival items.

“We want the community to come out that day, see the shelter, and have fun with the animals,” Williams added.

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