It’s pouring cats and dogs at the municipal animal shelter.

August 29, 2019

LYNDHURST – It’s pouring cats and dogs at the domestic animal shelter. The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center is at capacity and is looking for people to adopt.

Worried about adoption costs? Don’t.

The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center will be carrying out a free adoption for cats and dogs over six several months old Aug. 17. Dog training is also provided.

The center is engaging in Clear the Shelters event this year, which is a nationwide initiative to help shelter animals get adopted.

The shelter is waiving all adoption fees for dogs or cats over 6 months old — there are still fees for puppies ($125) and kittens ($55 or a two for one at $55). The shelter is also taking applications prior to the event if there are particular pets someone is considering in.

“We are presently at capacity and would love to see our pets in loving homes rather than at the shelter,” Jennifer Jones, office assistant at the shelter said. “As the municipal shelter for all of Augusta County, and the just open intake shelter in the county, we get full very quickly.”

The shelter serves Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro and is an open admissions animal shelter. It takes in all strays, abandoned animals and owner surrenders.

It has 56 kennels for canines and 106 cages for cats inside the facility. Currently, the shelter has 140 kittens, kittens and dogs in foster homes — some of those are foster to adopt, according to Jones.

In 2018, the shelter extended its footprint by adding six more large pet kennels, moving the cat intake and isolation room into a different space and adding a total of eight small kennels and 20 cat cages. The expansion was funded by all localities.

The shelter also has 4 cats at PetSmart in Waynesboro up for adoption and six at Petco in Staunton.

Euthanizing animals is a last approach at the shelter. The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center began operation in September of 2013 and since opening, the shelter has worked to lower the euthanasia rates in the community. The current save rate is 82.3% for cats and 91.5% for dogs — which includes animals that died in the shelter’s care, not just euthanasia.

The shelter took part in the Clear the Shelters event last year.

“We had a decent turn out, but we are hoping for better this year,” Jones said.