Residents thinking about adopting an animal from the Carroll County Animal Shelter will have an extra incentive throughout the entirety of July. All that month, adoption fees will be slashed as part of an effort to put more deserving cats and dogs in local homes.
As it stands, the adoption fee for a dog is $115, and for a cat, the fee is $95. For this, animals are either spayed or neutered. They’re given the necessary vaccinations, and they’re microchipped.
Come July, though, dog adoptions will be reduced to $40 apiece, with cat adoptions bumped down to $20. To qualify, interested pet owners will simply need to bring in a bag of either dog food or cat food.
The month-long special is a product of several fundraisers in recent months. In early April, the Carroll County Recreation Department hosted the first ever “dance for dogs,” giving residents a two-hour Zumba class for an $8 donation. The event raised around $500.
Last weekend at Mayfest, Carroll County hosted a dunk booth that featured commissioners Vicki Anderson and John Wilson, along with Carrollton City Councilman Gerald Byrd and Officer Ryan Healey. In a little over four hours, the booth raised nearly $400.
All of this money, along with that collected through adoption fees in recent years, will go to dramatically lowering the adoption fees throughout July.
“I think it’s great that we can give back to the taxpayers,” said Animal Control Director Tim Tant. “The more animals we can adopt out, the better.”
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I also should note: the picture of the kittens was taken TODAY. You, lucky reader, could be the proud owner of one of these little bundles of joy. And if you need anymore reasons to go adopt an animal, here ya go.
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