Local Groups Teaming Up To Promote Pet Adoption

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DUNKIRK – Multiple local groups are teaming up to find shelter animals new homes in northern Chautauqua County this week.

The Chautauqua County Humane Society, Lakeshore Humane Society, and the Small Companion Advocacy Team are offering convenient, reduced-price adoptions through Sunday to anyone who is interested in adding a new furry member to the family.

The event is being held at PetSmart on Vineyard Drive, next to TOPS, in Dunkirk, with staff available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until the end of the week.

Organizers say the number of pet adoptions has gone down as a result of tougher economic conditions, while the number of animal rescues continues to grow.

With the surplus of abandoned animals being brought in, some shelters are finding themselves running out of room, and unable to accept more.

Officials stress that adoption is one of the most affordable and sustainable ways to get a pet, as Paula Briggs with the Small Companion Advocacy Team explains.

“When you come in here to get a cat, you are getting a cat that’s already been vetted. It’s already been spayed and neutered. It’s already had its first vaccines, it’s been flea treated, and it’s had a microchip,” Briggs said. “So for a small adoption fee you’re doing what would cost hundreds at a vet, and that is why we really promote adoption. That way, you know the animal is already fixed and you don’t have to try to get an appointment yourself, or cause your animal to end up having babies, which makes the problem even worse.

It’s primarily cats being offered throughout the week, but if you’re more of a dog person, Lakeshore Humane Society will have some available over the weekend.


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