Animal Welfare Group looks to clear shelter

Moose is a senior dog with 'Grandpa energy' who is looking for a quiet home.

Moose is a senior dog with 'Grandpa energy' who is looking for a quiet home.

A new program implemented by the Douglas Animal Welfare Group is offering to pay adoption fees for select pets that’ve been at the Douglas County Animal Shelter for longer than three weeks.

“Despite excellent care, long term residency can cause stress and anxiety,” group President Lori Paxon said in announcing the pro-gram. “MJ has been there since January.  Many others have been there a long time as well.”

MJ is a sporty year old female Chow mix that loves all outdoor activities. She would be best as the only pet in the house. 

In addition the group has unveiled a new Senior to Senior program designed to shorten senior animals’ time at the shelter by providing free adoptions for people 55 and older for pets 8 years or older.

Both Moose and Ernie qualify for the senior program. Moose is a big friendly senior male mastiff who just wants a couch to crash on and live out the rest of his life, Paxon said.  Ernie is a senior male Chihuahua mix. 

“He has grandpa energy, with a grumpy but sweet personality,” Paxson said. “Please consider adopting one of these beautiful dogs.  Let’s clear the shelter.”

Visit for more information about DAWG. For pictures of the dogs, visit and search for Gardnerville or visit the Animal Shelter’s page on Facebook.

The Record-Courier features a pet from the shelter in its Saturday calendar page.


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