The Fayette County Dog Shelter is having a special donation drive to fill stockings for the pups living at the shelter this holiday season.
There are approximately 14 dogs in the shelter awaiting adoption. Donations that are being accepted include various treats, toys and blankets to help keep them warm.
“We always accept treats, donations and such,” explained Fayette County Dog Warden Nelson Prater. “This is the first time we’ve done ‘fill a stocking’ for the shelter dogs.”
The new event features stockings hung on the kennels until Christmas. Donations for the stockings will be accepted until noon on Christmas Eve, although the donations themselves will be welcome and useful at anytime outside of this event.
According to Prater, those who bring in treats that can fit in the stockings are welcome to add them into the stockings however, donations can simply be dropped off at the office, 1550 Robinson Road in Washington Court House.
“If people want to put their treats in the stockings they are welcome to. If they want to interact with the dogs while they’re here or dropping off donations, they are welcome to,” said Prater.
Prater also wanted to remind the community to be cautious with their own pups at home.
“With these colder temps, make sure that outside dogs have straw and access to fresh, unfrozen water at all times,” he explained. “Also, our dog licenses are currently on sale from basically now to January 31 and they are $14 dollars apiece for a year.”
Having dogs tagged is a state law even if they are inside dogs. Tags bought at stores or out of machines are identification tags. Identification tags do not count for the state law, so even with this type of tag a citation and misdemeanor can be issued.
As previously reported in the Record-Herald article, “It’s state law to license your dog,” when purchasing a license at the shelter, cash payments are accepted. If licenses are purchased within the proper window (prior to Jan. 31) there are no late or penalty fees. Licenses can also be bought through the Fayette County Auditor’s office, including a permanent license.
Recently, there have been a handful of older dogs that have come into the shelter and owners were able to be located. One of the senior dogs that came in from Staunton however, has not had an owner located.
“We’re currently trying to find a long-term adopter for him with his age,” said Prater. “We have also sent emails out to some sanctuaries trying to get him into a hospice sanctuary for senior dogs. No luck just yet.”
For those who do wish to adopt a dog, the adoption fee is $80 which includes current year’s license, spay/neuter and their Parvo/ Rabies vaccine.
According to Prater, he attempts to remind people that it is best to bring along the person the dog would be for when choosing to make an adoption.
“Always have the person come. Don’t surprise grandma or your parents, or anyone else it would be for, because not everyone is looking for a dog, not all dogs fit someone’s lifestyle,” explained Prater.
“We always encourage everybody—as much as I would love to meet every single person in the community it isn’t possible—remember they are welcome to stop out and meet us, talk to us if they have questions or concerns,” he said. “Have a good Christmas!”
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