Pet adoption drive takes place at area shelters

Local animal shelters will be participating in the second annual Clear the Shelters Pet Adoption drive today.

The shelters, which include the Humane Society of Warren County, the SPCA of Winchester and the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, have waived both the adoption fee and spay/neuter fees for today only.

Marcy Gallo, kennel director for the Humane Society of Warren County, said this is the second year that they are participating in the nationwide event.

“I would say it was the best national event that we have ever participated in,” she said. “There was so much exposure for it so we had a really great turnout.”

She added that they have about 12 dogs and between 75 and 80 cats and kittens available for adoption.

At last year’s event, she said they had a total of 19 pets adopted – six dogs and 13 cats.

She said they hope to do better and have at least 20 animals adopted at this year’s event.

Those interested in adopting an animal will be asked to fill out an application on site and will have it reviewed the same day. In the case an application can’t be reviewed the same day, the adoption and spay/neuter fee will still be waived if the application is turned in today.

Tracy Boyd, of the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, said this is also their second year participating in the adoption drive.

She said last year’s event was “busy but it went smoothly.”

She said they have about 35 pets available for adoption – 18 dogs and the rest of them cats.

Boyd said the shelter hopes to get as many pets adopted as possible at the event. Last year the shelter was able to get 30 pets adopted, split evenly between cats and dogs.

The shelter will process adoption applications on site, and she said all regular adoption requirements apply. Though the adoption fee has been waived for today only, they are still requiring a spay/neuter deposit, because many of their adoptable pets are still young and will require these services.

The SPCA of Winchester will also be waiving both the adoption and spay/neuter fees.

Della Shepherd, administrative assistant for SPCA of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke counties, said this is due to a donation from board President Libby Ingham.

“A grant from the ASPCA also allowed us to vaccinate and microchip all of our adoptable animals that were old enough,” Shepherd added.

For this year’s event, she said, they have around 100 cats and eight dogs available for adoption.

The SPCA of Winchester had 45 cats and 13 dogs adopted at last year’s event.

“Last year’s event was fairly successful. We had one dog left and a few cats, but we want this year to be even better,” she said. “We would love to have nothing left at all.”

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com