By L. Parsons
The Winslow Animal Facility is gearing up for an adopt-a-thon next week.
When asked what animals are easily adopted, Animal Control Officer Stratton Salyers quickly said, “Puppies,” but puppies are not the animals he is most concerned with.
“We know they will find homes. It’s the older dogs we need to send home,” he said. Citing the fact that older dogs are often overlooked in shelters, Salyers explained, “Many shelters are overcrowded and, unfortunately, the older animals are among the first to be euthanized if they cannot find a home. By adopting an older animal, you are not only giving it a better chance at life, but also saving it from being put down.”
One reason mature dogs are not as easily adopted is the fear that they may have temperament issues that landed them in the facility in the first place. “These dogs generally come from loving homes that for whatever reason could not keep them anymore,” Salyers said, explaining that those fears are mostly unwarranted. He went on to say that most older dogs are potty trained, know basic commands and aren’t as hyper, which make them easier to train than a puppy. “Many of them do well with young children, as they have a lower energy level and have possibly lived with kids in their past homes,” he noted.
Addressing other concerns as to why people shy away from older animals, Salyers said, “Dogs can be trained at any age and older dogs are just as smart as younger ones, with better attention spans, they make instant companions, and want to be loyal to you and your family.”
The adopt-a-thon will offer dogs and cats of all ages for adoption, but Salyers invites eager pet seekers to consider taking home an older animal. “Older dogs are the least likely to find a loving home and the most likely to be a loving pet,” he said.
In addition to adoption opportunities, the facility offers a fostering program which allows potential pets to acclimate to your family before you make the commitment to a lifetime of companionship.
The facility has the capacity to hold approximately 27 dogs, and 20 cats. “We usually operate at full capacity, but because of support from foster families and adoptions, we are not quite full right now.” Salyers said.
The Winslow Animal Care Facility is located at 548 Barrigan Road. The adopt-a-thon will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 5-8, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 9. During the event, animal adoption fees will be reduced to $30 for dogs and $25 for cats. The fees include the first round of vaccinations for each animal, including rabies inoculation, a city license, and spay or neuter service.