Local animal shelter hoping for more adoptions in 2013

By: Matt Hoffman Email
By: Matt Hoffman Email

The holidays were very happy time for the Clark county Humane Society. That's because it's had a boom in adoptions over the past week and that’s something people there hope continues into the New Year. For months, this no kill shelter has been filled to capacity with furry friends in need of a home...up until this past weekend.

"We had I believe 13 adoptions on Saturday and I think it was 11 on Monday, which is just fabulous. I could do that every day. I just love it!"
Chuck Wegner is the manager of the shelter, and he hopes he can repeat days like this many times in 2013 and they'll need to.

"Unfortunately we are in a position then when we're full we have to put people on a waiting list that you know have animals to surrender. We are a no kill shelter. We're proud of that," says Wegner.

Some animals that have come from bad situations like puppy mills need the extra time to become ready to adopt, and the staff puts in the time and the effort to make that happens for each animal. Wegner attributes the fact so many pets get admitted into his shelter from the high unemployment in Clark County.

"So sometimes it's one of the decisions they have to make. What can we cut back on, and it's the pets."

Wegner gives credit to their website where each animal, like my buddy Jett here, has a detailed profile with pictures and all the information you'd need to make sure the pet is the right match for you.

"If you can show their sweet side, their cuddly side, their playful side, it's a bit of salesmanship on the side of the shelters, but that's what it takes, and we're getting pretty good at it."

Wegner says you can apply online, ask questions about their low cost spay or neuter program, and they'll ensure it's a good fit for both the person and the pet.

"We know the only way out of here is to be adopted or to be returned to an owner if you're a lost animal. So there's always a happy ending here."

Below is a link to Cark County Humane Society webpage.

Clark County Humane Society Webpage

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