Pets at Montgomery County Animal Shelter await homes at holidays
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.”
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.
“Also because of COVID, some people have lost their jobs, and they’ll bring their pets to us, saying they can’t afford to keep their pets.”
The pet adoption rate at the Montgomery County shelter has been in recent decline, Kaske added, but with COVID-19 meaning people are traveling less, the local shelter staff hopes more people will be inclined to adopt.
The typical Montgomery County adoption rate for pets under age 6 is $115. That fee includes the adoption, all vaccinations, spaying or neutering and microchipping.
Pets above 6-years-old are included in the shelter’s “Golden Whisker Club,” at a reduced adoption rate of $75.
Also reduced to $75 is the adoption rate for the shelter’s “Lonely Hearts Club.” These are dogs or cats that have been confined to the shelter for more than 30 days.
It’s easy to adopt. Just stop by the shelter at 616 N. Spring St. and meet some four-legged friends. Be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
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“If someone doesn’t feel comfortable coming inside the shelter because of the times we are in,” Kaske said, “they can check out our pets online (www.mcgtn.org/animal-control) and if they find one they want to see, they can wait outside of the shelter building and we will bring it outside to them.”
For current pets owners: Kaske wants to remind you to
bring your pets indoors at night so they are warm and safe, and make sure they have plenty of good food and clean water.
“If you’re going to have a pet,” he said, “that is the responsible and right thing to do.”
For more information, call Montgomery County Animal Care & Control at 931-648-5750.
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