Davis pet adoption goal lags

Friday , December 20, 2013 - 4:00 PM

Bryon Saxton, Standard-Examiner Staff

FRUIT HEIGHTS — Seven dogs, six of them chihuahuas, and five cats was the pet adoption list Wednesday for Davis County Animal Care & Control.

Thursday’s snow storm curtailed business that day.

But despite the last-minute push, there is real concern that the Davis County Animal Shelter will not meet its goal of adopting out 1,200 pets in 2013.

The shelter was at 1,104 adoptions for the year as of Friday, leaving it well short of the 1,200 pet adoptions for the year, and just shy of the 1,125 adoptions the shelter reached in 2012, said Clint Thacker, county animal services director.

The shelter was ahead of last year’s pace until the fall months, with October and November adoptions falling short of the 100-pets per month goal needed to keep pace, Thacker said.

Of late, business has picked up at the shelter, but it is uncertain whether a Christmas rush will push the shelter’s pet adoptions over the top.

The shelter staff does not discourage people from adopting pets for Christmas presents, Thacker said.

“We recommend it not be a surprise," he said.

Thacker said when an adoption occurs they just want to make certain all parties involved in taking care of the animal know about it.

There are those looking for a pet to adopt who for some reason believe a shelter pet is “broken,” Thacker said, when in fact some of the best pets are those having been adopted from a shelter.

The average shelter pet adoption cost is $50 for dogs and $25 for cats.

The shelter is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 p.m., but will close at noon on Christmas Eve and be closed on Christmas Day. On New Year’s Eve the shelter will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For further information about pet adoption contact 444-2200.

Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-625-4244 or bsaxton@standard.net, or follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.

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