Adoption Fees Discounted, Shelter Event Planned for Over 130 Pets Seeking HomesPublished: June 07, 2012
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It's one of those good news/bad news situations. The good news is that the Rockwall Animal Adoption Center adopted out 11 dogs and cats last weekend. The bad news? They took in 15, a net gain of four unwanted animals. This has been the trend ever since the Center committed to saving at least ninety percent of all animals that are turned in to the shelter. Little by little, the kennels have been filling up, with many housing two and three dogs in a space meant for one.
It is now a critical situation, one that has Brad Griggs, Director of Municipal Services which oversees shelter operations, reaching out to local animal rescue organizations for ideas and support in getting the word out. "We don't want to have to start putting animals down to make room. We have saved over 97 percent of the animals we've taken in since the new policy was put in place, and we'd like to continue to do so. We just need help from volunteers and foster families to help find permanent homes for these deserving pets."
To help raise awareness of this plight and hopefully ease pressure on the facility, the Adoption Center is hosting Pet-a-Palooza this Saturday at 1325 Airport Road from 10am to 5pm. Over 130 dogs and cats will be on hand, ready to go to new homes. All have been spayed or neutered, had up to date vaccinations, are microchipped and evaluated for temperament. Adoption fees are discounted for the event and there will be hot dogs and drinks served.
Donations and fees from the event will go to benefit wellness services for stray and unwanted animals, and volunteer applications will be accepted from those willing to help with the care of shelter animals or to temporarily foster them until they find permanent placement.
There has never been a better time to find that new addition to your family!