Carrollton Animal Services Now Pre-Vetting Adoptable Animals
The City of Carrollton Animal Services & Adoption Center is now pre-vetting more than one-third of the animals in its care in an effort to successfully place more adoptable pets and decrease the number of unwanted litters.
Previously, all adopters were required to sign a contract agreeing to have their new pet spayed or neutered and given a rabies vaccination within 30 days from the date of adoption, and failure to comply with those requirements would result in a maximum fine of $2,000.
Thanks to generous donors and additional funding approved by Carrollton City Council last year, Animal Services is now partnering with several local veterinarians to provide both of these procedures before putting certain animals up for adoption.
“We are dedicated to placing these animals in their forever homes, and this initiative has been very successful in helping us accomplish that goal,” Animal Services Manager Carl Shooter said. “One hundred percent of the animals that have been pre-vetted have been adopted.”
Not only does this program make adopting animals easier, but it also ensures that adopted pets will not contribute to the community’s pet overpopulation and the number of unwanted litters that can often become homeless animals. According to The Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering shelters in the U.S. every year, and for dogs and cats, being spayed or neutered is the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control. Spayed and neutered pets are also less likely to develop certain cancers and illnesses. Neutered male dogs live 18 percent longer than un-neutered male dogs, and spayed female dogs live 23 percent longer than unspayed female dogs, according to a USA Today report.
The initiative also improves efficiency during the adoption process by eliminating the need for a contract for pre-vetted pets.
This weekend, all adoptable pets at the Carrollton Animal Services & Adoption Center (2247 Sandy Lake Road) will be available for just $5. The Memorial Weekend special is good through Saturday, May 25 at 5 p.m.
To learn more about the Carrollton Animal Services & Adoption Center and its commitment to saving animals, as well as to view a list of animals currently available for adoption, visit cityofcarrollton.com/animalservices. To make a donation that could give even more animals the opportunity to be pre-vetted, visit cityofcarrollton.com/asdonations.