Animal shelter plans pet adoption program |

Animal shelter plans pet adoption program

Staff reports

The Douglas County Animal Shelter will host the Pet Adoptathon 2000 on May 6-7 to find homes for the 22 dogs and 5 cats that are at the shelter.

The theme of the event is a light-hearted “Keystone Cops,” and the staff and volunteers will be dressed up as the characters from silent movies.

New owners and their adopted pets can have their pictures taken while wearing old-fashioned prison uniforms. The pictures will be framed in a “WANTED” poster.

Organizer Valorie Nenzel is an animal control officer and said she hopes to draw attention to what the shelter’s job is.

“What we’re trying to do is also give people an idea about what we really do. We are not dog catchers, that’s not our function at all,” Nenzel said.

She said people who have adopted pets at the shelter are welcome to bring their animals. Arthur, the shelter’s test cat, will be on hand.

A big emphasis will be placed on pet owners’ responsibilities, Nenzel said. Many animal-related businesses and trainers will be at this special event.

“We need to get the community involved. We need to stop the overpopulation of pets and show why it is so important,” she said. “We want to show kids there are so many (training) programs. A well-trained dog is a kept dog. We want to show that you don’t get a dog and just stick it in the back yard with food and water.”

Nenzel said the biggest number of complaints her office gets is barking dogs. Solutions such as barking collars will be available at the event. Also, dog trainers Guy Yeaman and Mary Honda will be there. Honda also works with therapy dogs.

Pet Adoptathon 2000 is sponsored by the North Shore Animal League and PetsMart and is being held at many animal shelters nationally.

The adoptathon will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7 at the shelter at 912 Pinenut Road in Gardnerville.

The cost of adopting a pet depends on the size and sex of the pet and wether it is already neutered. Nenzel said the cost is very low and the shelter only gets $10 from each adoption.

Fees are $73-98 for dogs and $32-$42 for cats. That pays for the animal’s rabies vaccine, license and for spaying or neutering.