If you’ve been considering adopting a dog, now is the time to act.
In an effort to make room for renovations to their facility, the Fayetteville Animal Shelter will offer dog adoptions at half the regular fee between Sept. 9 and Oct. 9. Volunteers are also being sought to serve as temporary foster parents from Oct. 9 through Nov. 17.
The shelter is preparing to make improvements to its kennel building, where all stray dogs are held for their first five days. The floors and walls will be sealed with an anti-microbial finish, along with a deep cleaning and a fresh coat of paint on the interior. Before the renovations can begin, the building must be cleared out for a period of 5 weeks. The current adoption room will be used to house incoming stray dogs, displacing all of the adoptable dogs currently in the shelter.
The standard $60 adoption fee has been discounted to $30 and includes spaying or neutering, all needed vaccinations, microchipping, flea and tick treatment, and a city license.
Besides lowering the adoption fee, shelter officials estimate that they will also need approximately 125 temporary foster homes. The shelter is hoping to find 50 foster homes to begin with to empty the adoption room and another 50-75 stand-by foster homes to take dogs as they finish their stray hold period and become available for adoption.
All dogs will be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and will be given all necessary shots, before going to their temporary homes. As an added bonus, the adoption fee will be waived for any dog that is adopted by their foster parent or who finds a home while in foster care.
Anyone interested in opening their home to a dog in need can sign up at the front desk of the shelter or stop by city hall and pick up a foster application. All applications must be turned in to the shelter.
Check out the available dogs online at fayettevilleanimals.petfinder.com.