ELIZABETHTOWN — Are you or your family ready to welcome a furry friend into your home? If the answer is yes, then the perfect opportunity is Saturday to stop by the Bladen County Animal Shelter and look over the wide variety of dogs and cats available for adoption.
With June being National Pet Adoption Month, the local shelter will host is semi-annual adopt-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its location on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown.
“We will have about 25 dogs and at least 20 cats available that day,” said Karen Suggs, the shelter’s manager. “Most of the dogs are mixed breed, and there will be some puppies; there will also be mostly domestic, short-haired cats and plenty of kittens.”
Suggs said the June event is held in collaboration with the North Shore Animal League, a nationwide organization that keeps track of adoption numbers across the country. The shelter’s second adoption event is held in October each year.
“June seems to be a real good time of year for folks to consider adopting a dog or cat,” Suggs said. “With the weather getting nice, it’s easier for people to get outside and spent more time with a pet. So this adopt-a-thon is normally pretty successful for us.”
Last year in June, the shelter adopted out 10 pets — six dogs and four cats.
“We’d certainly like to see those numbers high this Saturday,” Suggs added.
Dogs and cats won’t be the only thing for visitors to the shelter on Saturday to see. A number of pet-related organizations and businesses will be on hand to answer questions and provide animal-care information. In addition, there will be a pet groomer offering free nail trimming for dogs — including any that are adopted that day.
There will also be refreshments available, door prizes and tours of the shelter.
Suggs said individuals and families considering the adoption of a dog or cat, especially for the first time, should think about some important factors before taking a pet home with them.
“They need to think about how much time they can spend with a pet, whether it will be an indoor or outdoor pet and what their home and/or yard is like,” she said. “They should also think about whether there are other pets in the home or outside, and children should be taught how to handle a pet.”
There are also financial considerations with a pet.
“The cost of pet ownership can be quite high,” Suggs said. “Licenses, spaying or neutering, veterinary care, vaccinations, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter and other expenses can add up quickly. It’s not a decision that should be taken lightly.”
Suggs added that there have been occasions when someone has returned a pet for one reason or another, and that’s OK.
“We encourage anyone to bring the animal back if it doesn’t work out,” she said. “We know we can probably get it adopted again.”
The adoption fee for Saturday’s event will be $35 for dogs and cats. It will include the core and rabies vaccination, as well as a microchip.
For more information, call the shelter at 872-6262.