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Five furry faces peered between the wires of the cold, metal cage.
A nice smelling woman approached the two cages and bent down to poke her fingers inside where they were met with sloppy licks and appreciative tail wags.
“They’re really cute, but I just can’t take one home,” the woman said.
As people entered Tractor Supply in Williamstown on Dec. 5, they greeted the sweet puppies and when those people exited the store, they stopped and wished the puppies well.
The pups, a litter of nearly all white females with brown and black circles around their eyes and one black/brown female shepherd mix named Mia, did their best to get someone’s attention.
They pranced, they pawed, they woofed and they kissed and crowded to the front of the cage pushing their way to be near a human being. What few times the customer based thinned, the puppies lay down with their sad little faces lying on their feet.
They waited and watched hoping someone would take them home as the “best Christmas present ever.”
But sadly, the adoption event ended and the puppies were loaded back into the truck and returned to the Grant County Animal Shelter where they are waiting for someone to come and rescue them.
This is not some made up tale. It’s real and it happened. It happens every day when unwanted animals are dropped off at the Grant County Animal Shelter and become a problem for every tax payer in the county.
At the beginning of December, the shelter was home to 82 dogs and puppies and 107 cats. Many of these coming in the form of unwanted litters caused when their pet owners failed to have them spayed/neutered.
Some of the saddest coming when families struggling to make ends meet in a tight economy are forced with getting rid of extra mouths to feed and the animals are the ones to go.
I was there Saturday as a volunteer trying to find the girls a home to call their own. My heart broke when, at the end of the day, we didn’t even find a home for one puppy.
My hope and prayer is that all those sweet girls and the many others who are available at the Grant County Animal Shelter will find homes where they will be loved and treated well.
There are many nice animals available for adoption at reasonable prices. Some of the animals have already been spayed and neutered and have had their first set of shots.
If you’ve been thinking of getting a pet, especially in time for the holidays, you don’t have to drive outside the county and pay high prices when there are nice animals here begging for a home.
Brent Caldwell, animal control officer, and Steve Rippentrop, assistant director, have spent the last few weeks cleaning and re-organizing the shelter. They’d be happy to show it off, even if you just want a tour.
There are also opportunities for volunteers interested in helping with adoption events or fostering animals. If you’re interested contact me at email@example.com and I’ll tell you how to get involved.
(Jamie Baker-Nantz is editor of the Grant County News. She can be reached at 859-824-3343 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.)