LYNDHURST – It’s pouring cats and puppies at the domestic animal shelter. The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center is at capacity and is looking for people to adopt.
Worried about adoption fees? Don’t.
The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center will be carrying out a free adoption for cats and puppies over six months old Aug. 17. Dog training is also provided.
The center is participating in Clear the Shelters event this year, which is a across the country initiative to help shelter animals get adopted.
The shelter is waiving all adoption fees for dogs or cats over 6 months old — there are still fees for puppies ($125) and kittens ($55 or a two for one at $55). The shelter is also accepting applications prior to the event if there are particular animals someone is interested in.
“We are currently at capacity and would enjoy to see our animals in loving houses rather than at the shelter,” Jennifer Jones, office assistant at the shelter said. “As the municipal shelter for all of Augusta County, and the just open intake shelter in the county, we get full very quickly.”
The shelter serves Staunton, Augusta County as well as Waynesboro and is an open admissions animal shelter. It takes in all strays, abandoned animals and owner surrenders.
It offers 56 kennels for dogs and 106 cages for cats inside the facility. Currently, the shelter has 140 cats, kittens and dogs in foster houses — some of those are foster to adopt, according to Jones.
In 2016, the shelter expanded its footprint by adding six additional large pet kennels, moving the cat intake and isolation room into a various space and adding a total of eight small kennels and 20 cat cages. The expansion was funded by all localities.
The shelter also has 4 cats at PetSmart as part of Waynesboro up for adoption and six at Petco in Staunton.
Euthanizing animals is a last approach at the shelter. The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center began operation in September of 2013 and since opening, the shelter has worked to lower the euthanasia rates in the community. The current save rate is 82.3% for cats and 91.5% for dogs — which includes animals that died in the shelter’s care, not just euthanasia.
The shelter took part in the Clear the Shelters event last year.
“We had a decent turn out, but we are hoping for better this year,” Jones said.