Pet adoptions half-price through Dec. 23

by Sarah Fay Campbell

The Coweta County Animal Shelter is running a half-price sale to help make it a Merry Christmas for Coweta's homeless animals.

Now through Dec. 23, adoptions of dogs and cats is half- priced. The adoption fee includes spay or neuter surgeries, an animal identification microchip, de-worming, and the first round of shots, including a rabies shot.

Dog and puppy adoptions are $63 and cat and kitten adoptions are $35. That's cheaper than the cheapest neuter surgery available, and significantly cheaper than spaying a female.

The shelter is not "overfull" right now, said Shelter Director Lt. Henry Freeman, but "we do have a good many" animals, and "we were hoping that we could increase our adoptions and give people the opportunity" to save a significant amount of money on a new shelter pet. "It's a great deal for the public," said Freeman.

The Christmas sale started Dec. 2 and "we've had a real good response so far," Freeman said.

There's a large selection of cats and dogs. "We have a good many puppies, we have older dogs. We have any kind of cat that you might want, from short hair to long hair. From itty bitty kittens on up to older cats," he said.

"We have a couple of cute lab/corgi puppies, several really small breeds, a Chihuahua that is a really good, super dog," said Freeman. A Yorkie was adopted Friday.

Some older dogs are already housebroken. If shelter staff can determine a dog is likely housebroken, that is indicated in the animal's file and on the kennel card.

A new dog or cat can make a great holiday addition to your family, but adopting a pet is not something to take likely, and shouldn't be done on a whim.

"You need to prepare before bringing a puppy or dog or cat or kitten into the house," Freeman said. "Parents can surprise their kids with a Christmas puppy because the parents have made the preparations for the puppy to come into the home."

Pets are spayed or neutered before they leave the animal shelter. The shelter's veterinarian does the surgeries on Mondays and Thursdays, and pets can be picked up the afternoon of their surgery, after 3:30. "By that time they are awake, and she has rechecked them," Freeman said.

"She talks to each new family about" the post-surgery care of the animal and "she gives them her phone number in case anything happens," Freeman said. The Coweta County Animal Shelter is open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Adoptions end at 4:30 p.m.

The shelter is located at 91 Selt Road in Newnan, off Hospital Road near Evans Middle School and the former Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Most animals at the shelter can be viewed online at Petharbor.com. Enter your zip code or city, select Coweta County Animal Control from the list, and click "use this shelter list."

For more information, contact Coweta Animal Control at 770-254-3735 or visit Coweta.ga.us

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