Adoption day may be last chance for many dogs
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The Coweta County Animal Shelter is overcrowded with dogs and, if some of them don’t get adopted soon, the shelter will have to start euthanizing them — for the first time since November.
Lt. Henry Freeman, animal shelter director, hopes that some of those dogs will get adopted today at the shelter’s low-cost rabies clinic.
Rabies shots will be offered for $10 at the shelter, from 1 to 3 p.m. Microchipping of animals will be provided for $25.
The clinic is organized by Coweta County Animal Control and Coweta Animal Hospital. Also offered will be heartworm testing for $22, heartworm prevention and flea and tick prevention. Shots and microchipping can be paid for with cash or debit and credit cards (no American Express). Heartworm testing and prevention and flea and tick prevention may be paid for with cash or check.
The rabies clinic is something Coweta Animal Control tries to organize twice a year, said Freeman. Hopes are to have another one in the fall.
While people are at the clinic getting shots for the dogs, Freeman hopes they may decide to adopt one — or more — of the 105 dogs the shelter has.
The technical capacity of the shelter is 90 dogs, Freeman said.
There were four boxer puppies at the shelter on Friday, but the other dogs are adults. There are a few smaller dogs, but most are medium sized.
“We have some that have been here since Oct. 7,” Freeman said. “We haven’t had a put-down list since the first of November… we are holding them as long as we can hold them, trying to find them homes.”
Also on Friday, Freeman sent out the list of 15 dogs set to be euthanized on Feb. 7.
The shelter’s “Christmas special,” with all animals half price, was a great success — with 121 adoptions in 19 days.
However, “after Christmas our adoptions really dropped off,” Freeman said. Animal control officers are bringing in two or three stray dogs a day, and that builds up.
Dog adoptions are $126, and cat adoptions are $70. The adoption fee includes spay or neuter surgery, the first round of shots for kittens and puppies, the rabies vaccine, a microchip, and a heartworm test.
Pictures of most of the animals available at the animal shelter may be viewed by visiting www.petharbor.com.
The Coweta County Animal Shelter is located at 91 Selt Road in Newnan, off Hospital Road. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.