By Sabrina Westfall
The Vincennes Animal Shelter is adopting out pets at half price for the Dog Days of Summer special because the shelter is at capacity.
For the remainder of the month of August, dogs can be adopted from the Vincennes Animal Shelter for $55 and cats can be adopted for $40. These prices are half of the normal cost to adopt an animal.
Vincennes Animal Shelter Director Laura Arial explained while there are currently 30 to 45 animals being adopted out each month, the shelter continues to pick up between 30 and 50 animals on a monthly basis.
Animals are kept for five days after being picked up in hopes of reuniting them with their families, but if they are not claimed are put into the general population for adoption.
“We are always kind of running at capacity, but we are kind of bursting right now. I think it has a lot to do with back to school, so we haven’t had quite as many (people) in,” Arial said.
The special started Thursday, Aug. 21, and Arial said her goal is to adopt out 30 dogs before the end of August. She said they have started making progress because within the first 24 hours they have sent four dogs into homes through the foster to adopt program.
Arial explained the foster to adopt program allows families to bring the pets into their home to ensure the pet is a good fit.
“As long as you do the adoption before the end of August, you’ll get that half-price deal,” Arial said.
She noted there is a flyer circulating on the Vincenens Animal Shelter Facebook page that details the Dog Days of Summer special, and she encourages people to share it with family and friends who are considering adopting a pet.
“We always say adopt, don’t shop,” Arial noted.
Arial stressed a lot of the dogs in the Vincennes Animal Shelter are top-notch animals.
“We have everything from Yorkies to Shar-Pei’s. We have Rat Terriers. We have puppies. We have Pit mixes. We have Shepherds,” Arial said.
The Vincennes Animal Shelter is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people to check out the dogs they currently have housed. The dogs can also be viewed online at www.vincennes.org by clicking on Animal Control under the Departments tab, or click here.