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Abandoned pets crowd shelter

June 14, 2007

Thomasville-- Nine-week-old Craig, a bulldog lab mix is one of many unwanted pets recently dropped off in the shelter's night box.   

The shelter's director of operations Kim Arrington says, "that happens a lot.  We come in in the morning and we have five drop boxes and usually they are full of kittens and puppies."

And the numbers keep growing.  Right now they're taking in 30 plus animals a day.  "Because of people not having their pets spayed or neutered, we are overrun," explains Arrington.

In fact there are 250 cats, and over 300 dogs at the humane society desperately looking for a new home.  To help that happen, the Humane Society kicked off their adopt-a-thon today, with some extra incentives to get people to adopt.

"We've lowered our prices. To adopt a cute little puppy is $65 and a kitten is $55. That includes getting it spayed or neutered, micro-shipped and vaccinations," says Arrington.

Local pet stores have donated food and treats and papa john's is even giving a free pizza to anyone who will adopt.

Volunteers here are hoping people will take advantage of the perks.  "They need a home. They need somebody who can take care of them," says Anna Jones, one young volunteer.

Her cousin Rachel Barrett adds, "I hope they get adopted and they get a good home and not somebody that'll abuse them."

Because Craig, and each of these little guys deserve nothing less than having a home to call their own.

The adopt-a-thon will continue Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. To 7 p.m. every day.

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