Labor of Love: Adoption fees waived this week on animals

Published 5:09 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2018

With space being an issue at the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter, a generous sponsorship is allowing animals a chance to find their forever homes — free of charge.

Shelter staff kicked off their Labor Day adoption event on Wednesday, Aug. 29, with several citizens stopping by to check out the various cats, dogs, puppies and kittens available.

The event is scheduled to last until Friday, Aug. 31, and individuals that are looking to adopt an animal can do so free of charge with all animals on site being sponsored.

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“This is a great opportunity for the public to stop by and see the different animals we have available,” said Shelter Director Shannon Posada. “We want to see all of our furry friends find their forever home and enjoy the holiday season surrounded by love.”

Shelters across the area are experiencing an increase in traffic when it comes to animals, and Posada said staff appreciates the recent sponsorship that will allow animals to find their new homes free of charge for the remainder of the week. Individuals can stop by regular business hours until Friday to select an animal. The shelter is opened from 12 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

In the meantime, individuals can also get involved by fostering animals. Posada added that interested fosters for animals can stop by the shelter or contact a staff member to learn more about the potential opportunities.

The recent projects and plans have been ways to help the shelter counteract its increase in animal capacity.

The staff took to social media to clear up some rumors a couple of weeks ago in regards to the capacity.

“We would like to take a minute and clear up some rumors. Yes, our shelter is at capacity. Even at our fullest, we would never turn away a sick, injured or an animal in an emergency situation,” the post read.

The staff added there is an animal control officer on call at all times and that all animal-related situations need to be made to 911.

“Once the call is placed with 911, an officer is dispatched,” the post continued. “The officer will access the situation and have the animal control officer respond if needed.”

To learn more about the activities going on at the shelter, visit the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter Facebook page. Residents can also call (423) 547-6359.