Jackson County residents had the opportunity today to bring home furry companions at little to no cost.
The Jackson County Animal Shelter prepared for the Fourth of July holiday by holding an adoption sale, giving residents the opportunity to give cats and dogs of all ages a forever home while also helping the shelter relieve overcrowding. Jackson County Animal Shelter Adoption Coordinator Maridee Mallette said, “We got really full in the last few weeks. We’ve had hundreds of animals come in last month. We had 450 animals come in last month.”
Construction work on a new reception and kennel building at the shelter has limited space for animals at the shelter, facilitating the need for an adoption event. “It’s very challenging because we lost 18 runs due to the new construction. So, we’re scrambling around trying to find space so we don’t have to euthanize.”
While older dogs and cats were marked for free at the event, younger kittens and puppies were marked for $25, a fee that also includes spaying and neutering fees.
Carly Danley came out to adopt Pippa the Cat and stressed the importance of helping out animal shelters by adopting. “Yeah, I think it’s better to adopt rather than buy from a breeder because these animals live here and it’s good to get them out.”
The shelter believes adoption is beneficial for everyone. “When you adopt an animal you’re saving a life and you’re not saving just one life, you’re saving two because you’re saving space for the next one to move up. It’s just meaningful to be able to do that.”
For more information on adopting at the shelter and upcoming events visit the Jackson County Animal Shelter’s page on Facebook.