Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 13, 2013

Mercer Animal Shelter offering reduced fees during adoption event

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Dogs and cats needing a new home and people who want somebody new in the family can get together for less cost during the Mercer County Animal Shelter’s “Take me Home from the Shelter” adoption event.

Starting Monday, the county animal shelter’s adoption fees will be reduced, said Director Lisa Williams.

“We’re going to run Monday through Wednesday,” Williams said. “Our dogs will be $30. The regular fee for dogs is $75. And our cats will be $10, and they are normally $40.”

Grant’s Supermarket has donated $2,000 toward defraying the adoption fees. Adoption fees cover spaying or neutering, vaccinations and deworming.

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

 “We’re trying to move as many (animals) as we can into homes and as many as we can out into rescue,” she said.

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

“It was a really nice thing,” Williams said of this first adoption event. “It gave the community a chance to see the shelter and see how hard we work with our animals. Our volunteers are going to work with us. On Monday we’re going try and have a bake sale, and we’re going to decorate the shelter.”

The shelter’s available space varies from day to day, Williams said. On May 8, the shelter had 179 dogs and cats.

Spring is a good time to adopt a new dog because house training is easier during warm weather, Williams said.

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