In light of National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, local animal shelters are working to get their dogs into their forever homes.
Marion Animal Care and Control (MACC) is running a Halloween special featuring a $50 adoption fee.
“We are at full capacity,” said MACC shelter manager Brittney Shrout. “I just had a dog leave and one came in two seconds later.”
All 90 kennels are full, and a couple of puppies are even waiting in the bathroom to be adopted.
The Marion-Grant County Humane Society (MGCHS) is also running a special during the month of October. Dogs older than one year old are $60, senior dogs are $40 and cats are $30. Both shelters’ discounted fees include spay/neuter services, vaccinations, flea treatment, deworming and microchipping.
The discounted fee is meant to be an incentive for someone who is already thinking about adopting a dog, according to shelter manager Angie Martz.
“It’s not really about the money. If you can’t afford an adoption fee, then you won’t be able to afford a dog,” Martz said. “It’s just an incentive to take the money you save and put it towards supplies for the dog.”
Many dogs have been found, but the shelters are unable to find the owners because the dogs are not microchipped, or the microchip is not registered correctly. All dogs are microchipped when they enter MACC, no matter how long they stay, Shrout said. If a dog is chipped and registered, any animal shelter will be able to contact the vet or owners of the dog.
A Louisiana resident once brought a dog into MACC after evacuating for a hurricane, and Shrout said MACC was able to find the owners in Louisiana and return the dog to them.
“They would have never known she was here if she didn’t have a microchip,” Shrout said.
The humane society recently announced its new partnership with the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, which will involve quarterly clinicals with shelter medicine students starting this month.
MGCHS is hosting a work day on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. to paint and rearrange the shelter to accommodate the veterinary students.
“We wanted to spruce the shelter up a little bit and put a clinic area in the office that students will be able to utilize,” Martz said. “This is a really good opportunity for them and for us. I think it’s good for Grant County to be in connection with them. And it’s good for the animals.”
The renovations will allow for a quarantine room for cats and kittens to stay in for 14 days before joining the general population to avoid spreading diseases to other animals.
MACC continues to be in need of metal food bowls, and MGCHS is in need of disinfecting bleach and other all purpose cleaners.