NAPPAN – Some pets at the L.A. Animal Shelter found new homes over the holidays, but many more are still hoping to find their way into the hearts and homes of Cumberland County families.
The local animal shelter stayed open as much as possible over the holiday season to give families a chance to see the dogs and cats available for adoption, although many won’t move into their homes until now that the season is past, according to shelter president Christine Storm.
“We’re pretty careful that we don’t adopt them into families that have a lot of kids, where a great deal is going on at Christmas,” said Storm, who said it is still strongly discouraged that animals not be given as gifts at Christmas or any other time.
When animals are given as gifts, they usually end up right back at the shelter, according to manager Tara Partridge.
The past few weeks have been busy at the shelter, said Partridge, who added that some animals were adopted over the holidays in special cases.
“If it’s a situation where the family is low-key and we think the animal can go in the home, then the animal is adopted over the holidays,” she said.
“It depends on the situation. There might have been a couple dogs adopted before Christmas, but we made it clear that if there was commotion going on then they would want to wait until after the holidays, and many chose to do that.”
The local animal shelter has a fairly rigorous application process for adoptions, where those looking to adopt are asked for references. Effort is also taken by staff to match their pets with the best homes situations.
“We don’t want returns,” said Storm.
In the past, animal welfare groups have discouraged adoptions at this time of year, but the Nova Scotia SPCA, for example, has overlooked that policy this year.
“We feel confident that, regardless of the time of year, we can place animals responsibly,” said executive director Kristin Williams. “Bringing a pet into your home should always be an informed decision and never a surprise, but there are so many animals in need of loving forever homes and we need to start actively removing barriers to their successful adoption.”
The local animal shelter has a lot of dogs and cats right now, but at a manageable level, according to Partridge.
Those interested in adopting a pet can contact the animal shelter at 661-7297 for further information.