The Augusta Regional SPCA says it's had a banner month adopting out fixed and chipped dogs and cats. But even that good news is tempered by the unending supply of newly abandoned animals.
The Share the Love campaign is going on all this month to promote adopting older dogs and cats that can have trouble standing out from the pack. But there are only a few days left, and some of those pets are still in need of a home.
A grant from the SPCA provides an incentive to adopt during December for those looking for a furry companion. Hillary Diaz, who adopted a pit bull Friday, said, "It definitely made it more affordable for us to be able to get her today - and made the decision a lot easier.”
New pet owners can bring home cats or dogs spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped for reduced rates: $80 for a dog, $35 for a cat.
"When you have a lot of puppies in the facility, or kittens, they go quick, but when you have your older dogs, them and older cats, they usually get lost in the shuffle,” said Debbie Caywood, executive director of the Augusta Regional SPCA.
Seven-year-old sister dogs Bailey and Rosie are still waiting for a family. They weren't one of the lucky 85 dogs already adopted this month.
"Their owner had health issues. Great little dogs, and they are so deserving of a home. And we're just hoping that someone reaches out and says 'Oh, I can't live without 'em,’” Caywood said.
Caywood says, regardless of species, everyone needs love.
"There are both humans and animals in need. It would really be a great way to end the year 2013 if these girls found their forever homes,” Caywood said.
The last day of the special is coming up soon. It ends December 31. There's also a new event coming up to benefit the SPCA. That's the Furry 5K on New Year's Day - pets are welcome.
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