HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — As the summer games kick off in Tokyo, Huntsville Animal Services (HAS) is asking the public to accomplish a different kind of Olympic feat by adopting or fostering a furry friend.
The Shelter continues to see higher-than-usual dog surrenders at its facility on 4950 Triana Boulevard in Huntsville. That’s why HAS has extended its lowered adoption rates through the end of July – $10 for adult dogs and cats, though some exclusions may apply. Kitten adoption fees range from $35-$50.
The shelter says most dogs in their custody are one year old or older and are waiting to find their forever homes.
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The adoption package includes vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, a City license and a free bag of dog food. Can't adopt right now? Consider fostering to rehome, fostering to adopt, or having a sleepover with an available pup.
The Shelter is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The most common foster home program is called Foster to Adopt. This program allows you a 14-day trial period with the dog and is for someone interested in adopting an adult dog, but would like to ‘test drive’ the dog at home. Although this is a very successful program, HAS warns owners that all new pets should be given at least 3 months to settle into a new home and new routine. Some pets like puppies, kittens, small dogs and others may not be eligible for this program.
The newest foster home program is called a Sleep-Over. This program allows the fostering party to take home a pet for 1 to 4 nights. Upon returning the pet to the shelter, the fostering party will complete a form sharing all the information collected about the pet during their visit including information such as: did the pet like other pets, housebroken, tolerates cats, likes children, etc. This program helps HAS develop a profile for the shelter pet.
Another foster program called the Foster to Rehome program is for sick pets, aged pets, and underaged puppies and kittens. Additionally, sometimes a fostering party takes care of the dog until it becomes adopted. These volunteers take appealing photos of the pet inside a home and along with a narrative about the pet’s personality are submitted to be posted on the HAS Facebook page.
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