Pet overpopulation is a continuing problem in our community and throughout the country.
Each year the Franklin County Dog Shelter takes in more than 13,500 unwanted dogs and puppies. Nationally nearly 10 million animals enter shelters each year. Educating the public and finding homes for all these dogs is a continuing challenge. In recognition of this fact, October has been designated Adopt A Dog Month by the American Humane Association.
According to Lisa Wahoff, director of the Franklin County Animal Care and Control, the medical services which are already included in the $117 adoption fee would cost several hundred dollars if purchased elsewhere. Dogs and puppies adopted from the shelter have already been spayed or neutered ($150-$200 value), heartworm tested and on preventative ($50 value), given immunizations for rabies, distemper, parvo, parainfluenza, bordatella ($45 value), microchipped ($50 value) and licensed ($12).
This October, more than 50 area veterinarians and pet-related businesses have also joined the shelter in supporting Adopt A Dog month by offering new adopters a free wellness exam and other discounted goods or services when they adopt a dog this month.
"We are delighted to have the support of the veterinary community in encouraging regular, on-going check-ups and veterinary care for their new dog," says Wahoff.
Currently there are more than 300 healthy, adoptable dogs and puppies waiting for loving homes at the shelter and in foster care. Senior dogs, age 5 or older, qualify for a half-price adoption fee of $55 plus a license. An older dog, a young puppy, or a middle-aged mixed-breed can help improve your own life by bringing love, loyalty, and affection to your family. However, responsible pet ownership requires making a commitment to care for that animal for the rest of its life.
"Adopting a dog can be a very gratifying experience," says Wahoff. "We have a variety of wonderful dogs in need of good homes and a family to call their own. It’s really important to spend enough time selecting the right dog for your family and lifestyle. Our staff and volunteers at the shelter are happy to assist you in choosing your new pet."
Franklin County Dog Shelter is the largest municipal animal shelter in Ohio. Last year the shelter performed more than 3,500 spay or neuter surgeries. Low cost surgery is also available for dogs not adopted from the shelter as a community service.
For more information, call 462-5581.