Last weekend Cincinnati Animal CARE held Puppypalooza, an adoption event featuring the dogs they rescued early last month from euthanasia at an overcrowded Texas shelter. Not only did they have 46 small dogs and puppies at the event, they also had an adoption special on dogs that were six months of age and up and over third pounds with an adoption fee of just $20. While the shelter is able to take in many small dogs because of the number of foster homes for them, the situation is quite different when it comes to big dogs. The shelter has been in a CODE RED status most of the summer.
“Last weekend’s Puppypalooza was a huge hit, but the shelter is still incredibly full,” said Jessica Grimes, Outcomes Manager for Cincinnati Animal CARE. “We had a record setting weekend, but we were so deep in ‘Code Red’ and dogs just keep coming in. Our team is excited, motivated, and ready to keep moving forward to start clearing out this very crowded shelter.
The shelter was very busy with 90 adoptions over the weekend, and all the featured Puppypalooza dogs getting adopted. In addition, there were a number of large dogs that were also adopted, which helped ease kennel space at the shelter. They went from having minus 25 kennel spaces to only minus three (the shelter has a policy of one dog per kennel so when they are in CODE RED status, that means that dogs are being housed in places like offices and not just kennels. Cincinnati Animal CARE is at “Code Red” when there are ten or fewer empty kennels in the facility.
Because Cincinnati Animal CARE is the exclusive provider of animal services to Hamilton County, they are always taking in dogs that are found wandering the streets or that are surrendered by their owners. So, there is an almost constant influx of new canine residents.
The shelter has spent the last 100 days over capacity and is calling on Cincinnati and the surrounding area to adopt to make room for more incoming pets. “Labor Day is a firework heavy holiday and we have ZERO space for incoming pets that may get frightened over the weekend,” said Grimes. “Adoptions and new fosters are going to save space for the animals that have to be here.”
In order to keep the adoption momentum going, Cincinnati Animal CARE is bringing back the $20 adoption fee deal for all adult dogs over six months old for the Labor Day Weekend. The regular adoption fee is $75, so this is a big savings. In addition, kittens under six months old are AOGO: Adopt One, Get One – adopt a kitten for $60, the shelter will waive the second adoption fee if you adopt a friend. Kittens do best in pairs!
Cincinnati Animal CARE’s Labor Day adoption special kicks off Friday 9/3 and runs through Monday 9/6. The shelter is open seven days a week from noon – 6 PM, but will close at 3 PM on Monday for Labor Day proper. The shelter encourages potential adopters to browse available dogs ahead of time at cincinnatianimalcare.org. Cincinnati Animal CARE is located at 3949 Colerain Avenue in Northside.
Images courtesy of Cincinnati Animal CARE
About Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society
Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare in Hamilton County, Ohio. Cincinnati CARE is the exclusive provider of animal control and sheltering services for Hamilton County. The shelter also works to provide lost companion pets, aims to reduce the stray population, offers opportunities for unwanted animals to be adopted or rescued and provides the public with information and programs about pet ownership. Learn more at cincinnatianimalcare.org. For media inquiries, contact Ray Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-708-3103.