Wednesday, 17 April 2024

Animal Care and Control works to improve adoption numbers with special event

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Lake County Animal Care and Control officials are hoping to raise the bar for adoptions through the agency’s inaugural adoption event, taking place this week.

The event, which began on Saturday and runs through this Friday, is the first of its kind, and was made possible after the Board of Supervisors earlier this year accepted new policy rules to allow for a waiving of the county adoption fee up to four times a year.

During the weeklong event, cats can be adopted for $86 (female) or $76 (male), and dogs range from $126 to $141, with male dogs having a total adoption cost of $116.

Those fees include spaying and neutering, microchips, rabies vaccinations and, for dogs, licensing and heartworm testing.

The goal is to reduce the county’s high animal euthanasia rate, which is particularly high amongst cats.

Department Director Bill Davidson said the event started out strong on Saturday, with a total of eight cats and dogs adopted, a number that’s higher than an average day for adoptions.

The shelter was open on Sunday, but there were no adoptions; then on Monday another three to four animals were adopted, he said.

Davidson said 2012 so far has seen higher adoption rates.

In March, 35 animals were adopted, which was a three-year record, he said. That record was quickly broken in April, when 39 animals found new homes.

Davidson said he’s hopeful that the event will help the shelter tie or surpass the April record.

As of Monday, the department was well on its way to that goal, having adopted out 14 animals for the month, according to Davidson.

Visit Lake County Animal Care and Control online at http://www.co.lake.ca.us/Government/Directory/Animal_Care_And_Control.htm , call 707-263-0278 or drop by the shelter at 4949 Helbush Drive in Lakeport during kennel hours, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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