MCAS Offers Reduced Adoption Fees for Dogs Sheltered for Over 60 Days
Saturday, July 24 Hot Dawgs and Hot Dogs Adoption Event
Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS) is currently caring for over 100 dogs that have been at the shelter for over 60 days. These long-term dogs, nicknamed “Diamonds in the Ruff,” are available for adoption for a minimum donation of $25 – a considerable savings over the standard MCAS adoption fee of $75. The adoption fee includes spay or neuter surgery, heartworm testing, a first round of vaccinations and micro-chipping.
To promote the reduced adoption fee for MCAS’ Diamonds, the shelter will hold the Hot Dawgs and Hot Dogs Adoption Event on Saturday, July 24 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The tent adoption event will showcase adoptable dogs, allowing them also to enjoy time outside and cool off in baby swimming pools. Refreshments such as lemonade and hot dogs will be available. Donations for refreshments are welcomed. In preparation for adoptions, volunteers created biographies for all Diamonds that will be displayed on kennels.
MCAS would like to remind people that Diamonds can make wonderful pets. “These are wonderful animals who wait and wait to be picked, and are overlooked time and time again,” states Dr. Patricia Ryan, DVM, Shelter Director.
Some Diamonds have been in the adoption program, either at the shelter or in foster care for more than 60 days. “It’s disheartening to see a trained dog sit in a kennel, waiting for their owner to claim them or waiting to go home with a new family, and that day never happens. These dogs wag their tails at the sight of a human. Waiting for months and months is unacceptable, and we want to do something about it,” says Dr Ryan. “We won’t put a dog down just because it has been here too long. We just hope someone will see something wonderful in them and provide them a place to call home.”
The shelter will provide special offers for these dogs so that people will be more motivated to consider an addition to their family. Each adopted dog will have had his or her spay/neuter procedure, vaccinations, a rabies certificate, and a heartworm test, and will be ready to go home. The shelter’s goal is to adopt out all of the long term residents that day, making more room in the adoption areas for other animals that are in the holding wards.
About Montgomery County Animal Shelter: MCAS is a county-run facility founded in 2001. MCAS works relentlessly to find homes and provide care for homeless animals, and to bring people and animals together. The shelter is located at 8353 State Highway 242 in Conroe and is open Weekdays from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm and Weekends from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. For more information about the shelter visit www.mcaspets.org or www.facebook.com/mcastx.
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