"Home for the Holidays" is an adoption promotion in Haywood County that started on Monday, November 22. Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation, in association with Aidan's Fund, is making it possible to adopt animals from the Haywood County Animal Shelter through January 2 at a reduced fee. Dogs are available for $60, female cats for $37.50, and male cats for $27.50.
Each animal adopted will get its name on a stocking that will be displayed on the wall of the shelter. Jamie Powell, executive director of Sarge's, told the Asheville Citizen-Times, "We are counting on filling up these walls with adopted pets before the event ends. Unfortunately, more animals have been surrendered this year that in any previous year."
Jean Hazzard, director of Haywood County Animal Services, says families need to consider the long-term responsibility of owning a pet, not just treat it as a unique holiday gift. But, she says, "The holiday season can be an ideal time for some to adopt and fit a pet into the family routine, as children are out of school and many adults have time off."
The Haywood County Animal Shelter is open 9 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM Saturday, and Noon - 4 PM Sunday. It is located at 245 Hemlock Street, Waynesville. For more information, call (828) 456-5338.