December 18, 2020

Pets at Montgomery County Animal Shelter await homes at holidays

By haziqbinarif

Longing eyes peer through kennels. Dogs and cats abandoned through no fault of their own, waiting for good, loving homes.

There’s Amber, a terrier mix, who just loves undivided human attention. And Dante the cat, who loves it as well — plus cat treats.

David Kaske and his staff at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter hope area residents will consider adopting these and other shelter pets soon — perhaps as Christmas gifts. But they also want pet parents to understand “fur babies” adoption is a responsibility not to be taken lightly.

Kaske sees it as one of the more-rewarding gifts a family can give and receive. After all, by adopting, they may save an animal’s life.

“Our shelter is full of cats and dogs right now,” Kaske said. “At the moment we don’t have a lot of puppies in the shelter, but we do have a lot of big dogs that need nice homes. And we do have a lot of cats as well. It would be a perfect Christmas gift for somebody.”

Keyonda Kearney, left, and Valen Williams, right, hold out their fingers to interact with cats when looking to adopt at Montgomery County Animal Care and Control in Clarksville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the shelter count was 45 big dogs — combining those housed in the downtown Clarksville and Fort Campbell shelters — and about 70 cats. Many of them were picked up on the streets as strays.

“We have seen some people return pets to us because their landlords changed their leasing policies during this COVID crisis, and those new policies sometimes prohibit pets.

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