Aiken County Animal Shelter Hosts Summer Adoption Event

AIKEN, SC, (WJBF)– Local animal shelters are at capacity. In Aiken County, they hope an ongoing national adoption event will help them.

“Typically we see an increase in adoptions over the summer once all the kids are out of school and they’ve gone and done all their visits, and we haven’t seen that yet this year. “, said the adoption coordinator of Aiken County Animal Shelter. said Hillary Clark-Kulis.

The Aiken County Animal Shelter “Empty the Shelter” event is running through Saturday, July 30.

“We hope this will make us realize that we’re still here, we still provide that vital function, we still have great pets,” Clark-Kulis said.

During the event, all adoption fees are discounted. Cats are $10 and dogs are $25. Pets are microchipped, up to date on vaccines, and spayed or neutered with financial assistance from the Bissell Pet Foundation.

“Some of our dogs are also carriers of heartworm and if they are, through the Have a Heart Program by FOTAS, they provide funding for heartworm treatment for this. So if you adopt a carrier dog of a heartworm, it comes with a year of slow-acting medication to treat it,” Clark-Kulis said.

Clark-Kulis says their staff is trained to help you find your match.

“If you are also looking for a friend for your dog, we have our play areas and our adoption staff are trained to help you meet and greet our dogs here to ensure you are the correct size before bringing them back to home,” Clark-Kulis said.

She says it’s also important to remember animal heat safety this summer.

“Lots of fresh water, shade. Walk in the morning or evening. Anything you can do to beat the heat for yourself, you can do for your pet,” Clark-Kulis said.

If you are going to walk your dog on the sidewalk, hold the palm of your hand on the ground for ten seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog.

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