Franklin County Dog Shelter in Columbus, Ohio had a line out the door and around the block this past weekend, as families gathered to find a special furry friend among the 94 dogs who were up for adoption as part of NBC's Clear the Shelters initiative, a nationwide pet adoption drive. Happily, a whopping 51 dogs were adopted on Sunday, according to NBC4i.com. Wow!
The shelter waived all of the adoption fees, charging just $18 for each dog's spay/neuter procedure, micro-chip insertion, vaccinations, and license. It was a price several families just couldn't pass up, including the Cogar family.
“He’s ready for a dog!” Mercedes Cogar told NBC4i.com about her four-year-old son, Calvin. “He’s been really excited for a dog, haven’t you? Jumping up and down, ‘I want a dog, I want a dog.'”
The family visited the shelter earlier in the week and decided to come back when they heard about the Clear the Shelters deal.
“It makes it easier to go out and get more toys and leashes and things like that versus if I had to pay over $100, it cuts into the welcoming a new member.”
The Cogar family added a pit bull mix named Pecan Pie to their happy trio on Sunday.
“She was friendly, she just took to us,” Cogar explained of Pecan. “It was a connection. It was a bond; it was already there.”
According to the Franklin County Dog Shelter website, the shelter took in 11,697 dogs and puppies last year alone.
“We average 200 dogs a week coming into the shelter,” said Franklin County Animal Control field supervisor, Josh Adams. “What we’re really trying to do is get some of the long-term dogs out of the shelter. We have dogs that have been here for two to three months.”
Adams said he hopes families will consider adopting older dogs, who are often overlooked. He said many of the shelter's senior dogs are house-trained and known basic commands.
“Some of these older dogs are some of the nicest dogs we have, some of the gentlest dogs, some of the best dogs once they get in the home,” Adams said.
In addition to providing pets for adoption, the Franklin County Shelter works to reunite lost dogs with their owners and educate the community through programs designed to assist dog owners dealing with common behavioral problems.
“Every dog’s unique, and you know you’ll find the dog that you adopt is going to have its own personality,” said Susan Smith, the shelter's community relations officer. "You’re just going to know when you see that dog that that’s your dog. There’s nothing more heartwarming for all of us that are spending time here at the shelter than to see a dog finally go home and know that it’s in the right home.”
If you live in Ohio and missed Sunday's adoption event, there's still plenty of pets available at the shelter. See the list of dogs that are currently up for adoption at franklincountydogs.com. To find a list of dog shelters in your home state, visit aspca.org/adopt-pet.
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