Animal shelter to host adoption event Feb. 12-14

Published 5:24 pm Friday, February 9, 2018

A month typically dedicated to love, staff at the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter are looking to share some from their facility to members of the public.

Shannon Posada, shelter director, announced the facility will host “Falling For You” — a free adoption event for the public — next week.

Over a three-day period, Feb 12-14, animals on site will be available free of charge thanks in part to an anonymous donor sponsoring the event.

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“We had a generous sponsor who stepped in to cover the cost of the event,” Posada said. “We have tons of cats and dogs at the shelter, and we want to make sure we see them find their forever-loving home.”

Officials with the shelter have indicated a sizeable turnaround on adoptions with these specific events. Posada added that individuals that come in to pick up an animal have to fill out an application and that she’s seen the lack of an adoption cost typically results in an individual focusing on medical needs for animal, along with buying treats and other goodies for their future companion

“We’re very thankful for the support of the community during each event,” Posada said. “We always see a good turnout with these events. But as soon as we get animals out, we’ll get a new batch back in. That was the case over the winter. Our goal is to see each of our cats and dogs find their forever home next week.”

February’s event is just one in the long line of potential events scheduled for the coming year, Posada said. While no other events are coming through the pipeline, the director encourages the public to stay updated on information by visiting the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter Facebook page. The recently created account features different updates on activity at the shelter and a full listing of animals on site.

“We update our Facebook account daily,” Posada said. “We feature all the animals up for adoption. There is also a lost-and-found section. I’d encourage people to either visit or our Facebook page if they’re unable to make it over to the shelter.”

As excitement grows at the facility, Posada added the opportunities are growing for volunteers.

“We are accepting volunteers. We’re also accepting anyone who would like to become a foster,” Posada said. “Anybody that wants to participate in any of these can stop by the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter and pick up an application.”

For more information, call (423) 547-6359.