The Cleburne Animal Shelter is offering a reduced adoption fee of $17 through the end of March.
While the shelter is usually at capacity, Cleburne Animal Services Manager Mindy Henry said this winter has been unusually full.
In March, it’s been nothing but madness at the Cleburne Animal Shelter.
“Last January and February of 2017, we took in an average of 81 animals per month,” Cleburne Animal Services Manager Mindy Henry said. “This year, the average was 109.”
Henry said March is always the kick-off to the shelter’s busy season.
“We will be full, sometimes well over maximum capacity, for the next four months,” she said. “Puppy and kitten season will start around the beginning of April and will continue throughout the early summer months. There are times when we will have as many as five or six litters in the shelter at one time.”
To promote adoptions, the shelter is hosting a March Madness event, offering a reduced fee of $17 per animal through the end of the month.
“Adoptions include spay/neuter, all core vaccinations, microchip, 30 days of Heartworm and flea/tick prevention, deworming and 30 days of pet health insurance,” Henry said. “Adoptions are typically slow this time of year — people are getting ready for spring break, on vacation, involved with sports, etc. This is the beginning of our busy season so slow adoptions along with increased intake make for a very full shelter.”
In addition to reduced adoption fees, the shelter has 17 free microchips available for pets of Cleburne residents.
“However, for the rest of the month we will be doing $10 microchips,” Henry said. “These are for anyone — they do not have to be a Cleburne resident and registration is included. Appointments for microchips are required.”
To register for a microchip, call the shelter at 817-556-8895, email email@example.com or send a message through Facebook.
Henry said microchip appointments only take about 5-10 minutes.
“A microchip is an easy way to provide permanent identification for your pet,” she said. “It is quick and cost effective, and doesn’t fall off like a collar or tags can. Most vets and shelters will scan any pet when they show up as a stray in their facility. This is a great way to make sure your pets get home safe. Not only is the initial cost free or reduced, but registration is included as well.”
Shelby Adams, who sometimes volunteers at the shelter, said the kennels are always full.
“This is a great time to adopt a pet,” she said. “When the shelter is over full, the animals are stressed out. They just want to be taken home and be loved on. It’s not their fault they are here.”
Henry said the shelter will always take donations of Purina One dog, puppy and cat food, cat litter, laundry soap and Dawn dish soap.
“Those are our primary needs 365 days a year,” she said. “We also need monetary donations to help increase our Happy Tails Fund. This donation fund was created to help provide medical care to otherwise adoptable animals that may need treatment beyond what our budget allows.
“We will also use this fund to occasionally help a citizen in need with getting their animals spayed or neutered. Last year we were able to provide heartworm treatment to a dog in our shelter and we helped several citizens get their animals sterilized. Any amount helps save an animal’s life.”