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Shelter Waives Some Adoption Fees for the Month

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By Zach Osowski

Many of the dogs and cats at the Oldham County animal shelter are just neglected or abandoned pets looking for a new home. Animal Control Officer Barbara Rosenman is doing her best to find them the homes they deserve.

October is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet month and Rosenman said there are always dogs and cats who are ready to be adopted to a good home at her shelter. For the month of October, the shelter is waving the typical $10 fee associated with adopting a cat, and will be happy to give a cat to anyone who meets their requirements. Anyone adopting a dog must pay a $25 fee.

“There is an interview process, we just need to make sure the animal is going to a good home,” Rosenman said. “But if you qualify you can take a cat home with you today.”

Rosenman said the shelter will typically have about 20 dogs and 40 cats during a given week and see about 1,000 different animals come in and out over the course of a year.

Rosenman has been the animal control officer for ten years and has been working hard to decrease the percentage of animals the shelter has to euthanize.

“When I first came here we were a high kill shelter,” she said. “About 75 percent of the animals coming through were being put down.”

Rosenman said they only put down animals now if it is an absolute necessity such as the animal is suffering with no hope of recovery or if the animal has a contagious disease. She said diseases are extremely contagious in shelters because of the close proximity.

In order to cut down on the number of euthanizations, Rosenman had to increase the amount of adoptions. She said one of the things they have done to get more pets out the door and into good homes is keep their doors open longer. She said the shelter is now open 40 hours a week, in order to make it easier for people to stop by. They have also done a lot of networking, teaming up with the American Kennel Club and the Oldham Humane Society in order to get pictures of pets in front of more people.

The shelter has also teamed up with the Oldham County prisons for a project called Camp Canine. Inmates take dogs that need obedience lessons and house break them while also teaching them how to walk on a leash and obey commands.

“Typically we’ll get dogs like a lab mix that is a sweet dog but just has way too much energy and jumps on everyone,” Rosenman said. “A dog that doesn’t have obedience problems is much easier for us to adopt out.”

She also encourages farmers in the rural areas to adopt cats as mousers in their barns. She said unlike some shelters, Oldham County does not have an indoor cat only policy.

Even if you don’t want to adopt a pet, Rosenman said there are plenty of ways to help the shelter out. She said people can donate dog and cat food or cat litter or sponsor a spay or neuter for an animal.

For more information, call the animal control shelter at 222-7387.

Email us about this story at zach@oldhamera.com