While many doggies and kitties are quickly adopted from the Gwinnett Animal Shelter, some get passed over time and time again just because they're a little older, not so easy on the eyes or need a little more care. To help them get homes of their own, the shelter is hosting Adopt a Less-Adoptable-Pet Month, and cutting adoption fees to $20 all through September.
Animals – including forlorn pets yearning for a home – have been vaccinated, spayed or neutered, microchipped and are ready to meet their new family. Dogs typically cost $45 to adopt, and cats typically cost $30.
There are many reasons to adopt a different dog or cat, said Alan Davis, manager of the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Division.
"Older pets are mellower," he said. "You don't have to worry about your lamp getting knocked over. Physically challenged pets are often unaffected by their handicap, and they will love you without reservation."
The shelter is also offering two kittens for $20 and free adoptions on Fridays.
Please keep in mind that adopting an animal is a decision that should include responsible planning for space, permission if renting, and follow-up veterinarian care from a local clinic. Animals are forever family members that require love, attention, exercise, and stimulation, and can live 10 years or longer depending on age and breed.
Those who are unable to adopt should consider volunteering at the animal shelter or donating supplies or money to help the shelter improve the health of the animals, increase the number of adoptions and rescues and continue to offer pet care education free to the community.
The shelter is open for adoptions Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Gwinnett Animal Welfare is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.