Walker County's Animal Shelter Offers Free Adoptions During "Priceless Pets" Promotion

Thursday, May 18, 2017
The Walker County Animal Shelter says they will take an unconventional approach to encourage pet adoptions during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. On Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27, the shelter will waive its regular adoption fee, offering pet seekers an opportunity to make a match and bring home a new family member for free. 
 
The Shelter has embarked on a new mission to increase the number of animals saved in Walker County and reduce euthanasia rates. As part of that effort, all dogs and cats of age are now vaccinated and spayed/neutered before leaving the facility.
The Shelter has also strengthened connections with rescue groups capable of helping animals find new homes. 
 
"Dogs and cats housed at shelters often become stressed by their surroundings, making them more susceptible to illness. The longer an animal stays sheltered, the greater their chances of becoming sick. To reduce that risk, Walker County Animal Shelter staff now encourages pet owners who want to surrender their animals to foster them at home, allowing shelter staff to search for a new forever family. 
 
"While it’s still early, animal tracking data shows significant improvement. Through the first four months of 2017, nearly 79 percent of all animals brought to the Walker County Animal Shelter have been saved. This number includes animals adopted, sent to rescues, and returned to their owners.  
 
To maintain this momentum, the shelter needs more volunteers to walk, wash, and train dogs. While searching for a match, pet seekers can add their name to an upcoming volunteer information and orientation session to learn how shelter service can be a rewarding experience," officials said.
 
“Priceless Pets” will be offered from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, May 26 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 at the Walker County Animal Shelter, 5488 North Marbletop Road in Chickamauga. Those who rent should bring proof of a pet friendly lease to speed up the adoption process, officials said.


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