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Puppy adopt-a-thon is Saturday

by Linda Hiller, Staff Writer

Apparently many dogs in the Carson Valley can’t read a calendar. If they could, there wouldn’t be so many puppies at the Douglas County Animal Control shelter right now.

“It’s been very unusual for this time of the year,” said Rhonda Moore, animal control supervisor. “We had three separate litters of puppies come in all at once.”

The three litters came from different parts of the Valley, Moore said. One litter of seven very tiny, puppies was dumped in the desert around Topaz Ranch Estates. Two of those puppies were so ill that they had to be fostered out to Cheri Owen of German Shepherd Rescue in Gardnerville, who nursed them back to health.

Another litter of larger puppies was dumped in the Johnson Lane area and a third litter came to the shelter via an owner who lamented the fact that he had been meaning to get his female dog spayed and had subsequently tried without success to find homes for the puppies himself, turning them over to the shelter instead, Moore said.

“It’s a typical story of why you should get your dogs spayed,” she said. “I can’t say what the situation was of the other litters, since they were dumped, but it’s definitely not good when you have to dump puppies.”

n Adopt-a-thon this Saturday. To help relieve the crowding at the animal shelter, a Puppy Adopt-a-thon is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 18, from noon to 4 p.m.

Owen and shelter volunteer Colleen Hemingway will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate the adoptions of puppies as well as adult dogs.

“There are also some really nice adult dogs up for adoption,” Owen said. “There’s a senior citizen purebred sheltie, a McNabb, a Labrador – around 16 adults in all, I think, not to mention the puppies.”

Many of the puppies and dogs up for adoption are partially or wholly sponsored, she said, resulting in reductions in the normal adoption fees which run between $73 and $98 for dogs that are not yet neutered.

“Our adoption fees are a great deal because they include everything – shots, license, spaying or neutering and a vet visit,” Moore said.

n Aluminum cans welcome. The shelter is still accepting donated aluminum cans for their ongoing can drive, with monies going to all areas of the shelter and animal care, Moore said.

The Douglas County Animal Shelter is located on Dump Road off Pinenut Road south of Gardnerville. Weekend hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday’s adopt-a-thon will be from noon to 4 p.m.

For directions, more information on the adopt-a-thon or sponsorships, call 782-9061.