Homeless pets would be great holiday gifts

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 12, 2009

From rescued animals to those abandoned by owners who couldn’t afford them, and all others in between, the Animal Shelter has them all.
Kittens: Red and green may be the popular colors at this time of the year, but adding a little white and gray tabby would sure break things up a bit. These two kittens are approximately 7 weeks old and are more than ready to help come decorate your home for the holidays.
Dog: Wouldn’t a faithful beagle look perfect lying alongside your bedside, ready to greet you each day? This sweet girl’s biggest fault is that she loves to eat too much. Her owner became too ill to care for her and her friend and they had to be surrendered to the shelter.
The Rowan County Animal Shelter has several animals waiting to be adopted and taken to a good home.
Adoption fees are $70, a downpayment for spay/neuter costs. The voucher can be used at any veterinarian’s office.
Before adopting any animal, a person must agree to take the pet to a veterinarian for an exam and spaying/neutering. If the animal isn’t already vaccinated for rabies, the person must agree to begin shots within three business days.
Rabies shots can be given as soon as the pet turns 4 months old.
The animal shelter isn’t equipped with a medical facility, and cannot administer any procedures or treatment.
A worker at the shelter will go over all information and gladly answer all questions from those adopting pets.
Want to view animals at the shelter? Kennel hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m-4 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8-11 a.m.
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8-11:30 a.m.
To learn more about adopting a pet, call the shelter at 704-216-7768, or visit the shelter at 1465 Julian Road, Salisbury. You can also visit the shelter’s Web site at www.co.rowan.nc .us/animalshelter/.
Photos by Fran Pepper.