By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
People who want to bring a dog or cat into their homes now have an opportunity to do so for free.
Grant’s Supermarket has offered to sponsor every animal at the Mercer County Animal Shelter for the rest of the shelter’s Home, Sweet, Home Adoption Fair, Lisa Williams, the shelter’s director announced Thursday.
During the fair, which started Monday, adoption fees were reduced. Cats and kittens can be adopted for $10, and dogs and puppies can be adopted for $30. The fees includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations and deworming.
The free adoptions will continue until Dec. 29, Williams said. The shelter will be open from noon to 6 p.m. every day except Sunday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Area residents seeking a new pet have been taking advantage of the discounted fees, and they are now taking advantage of the free adoptions.
Martin contacted the shelter Wednesday evening.
“I said this is great, great news, and right now we have tons of people here. They were lined up at the door before we opened at 12,” Williams recalled.
The shelter had seen 54 adoptions as of Thursday morning.
“I was hoping for this kind of response, but it has been above and beyond when I even expected,” she said. “It will definitely be an annual thing.”
Martin said that he and his business partners Ronnie Cruey and Randle Grant got the idea to help with adoption fees while talking about sponsoring radio advertisements leading up to the adoption fair. They knew that the shelter had recently received pet food and other supplies from efforts such as the Prerogative Shelter Drive.
“We were trying to think of something else that would be a little different,” Martin said.
While sponsoring adoption fees may not empty the shelter, it may get close to being empty and bring more pets and new owners together, he said.