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Statewide pet push: Animal shelter reduces fees for adoptions this weekend

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By Stephanie Jadrnicek

Gail Holland’s first day on the job volunteering at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter was life-changing, for her and an 11-year-old beagle named Buddy.
Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters of SC has recently been recruiting volunteers to socialize and exercise dogs at the county shelter.
Although Holland had walked a number of dogs, she took special notice of Buddy.
“Buddy had been barking so much. Usually when beagles act like that, there’s something wrong,” the Indian Land resident said. “When I got him out, I noticed he had two tumors and one of them was so infected.”
She alerted LASS staff members about Buddy’s condition, and when she dropped by the shelter the next day to check on him, he was already at the vet.
The tumors weren’t cancerous and one was treated for infection. A few days later, Holland adopted Buddy.
“Even if he’s got just a short time left to live,” she said, “I can make that the best time of his life.”
This wasn’t the first time Holland has adopted a senior dog. Buddy is the sixth elderly addition she’s brought home over the last seven years.
“Old people and old dogs work really well together,” she said. “Senior dogs are wonderful because they’re trained, they’re not as energetic and they’re very appreciative – it’s like they know.”
Although Buddy has found his forever home, more than 30 dogs and 40 cats are still awaiting adoptions at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter.
This Friday and Saturday, July 13-14, the shelter will host the PickMeSC Adoption event from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Petco Foundation, the event will take place statewide with a goal of 1,500 animal adoptions in two days.
Ann Richardson, LASS public relations director, said the shelter is running above capacity and cannot hold all the incoming animals. Duplexed dog kennels are dividing the animals’ space in half.
“The animal control van can pull up at any time with a load of dogs and cats – all of which the shelter must find room for,” Richardson said. “Recently, animal control brought in 16 dogs and puppies during the last 30 minutes of the shelter’s operating hours.”
But the problem is not limited to dogs. The shelter is currently housing 45 cats and kittens, with new ones arriving daily.
“Kittens have fragile immune systems, and an animal shelter is not a safe environment for them,” Richardson said. “Volunteers cuddle and socialize them, and they will make wonderful pets.”
The shelter is reducing adoption fees during PickMeSC to $25 per animal for approved adopters. The fee includes spay/neutering, rabies shots, de-worming and age-appropriate inoculations. Regular fees are $100 for dogs and $80 for cats.
“The overburdened shelter is desperately trying to find loving homes for these animals,” Richardson said.
The Lancaster County Animal Shelter is located at 118 Kennel Lane, Lancaster. For more information, call (803) 286-8103, email info@lassofsc.org or visit lassofsc.org.

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Contact Stephanie Jadrnicek at (803) 283-1152.