Pet population is growing at shelter

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By William Baird, county mayor

   The animal shelter provides a much needed service to Campbell County residents. It serves all of the city municipalities as well as the outlying county areas where they patrol for strays and also respond to requests to resolve pet issues. 

In many cases, lost dogs and cats end up at the shelter enabling them to be returned to the owner. 

The September 2010 report shows that five animals were returned to their owner. 

Additionally, 15 pets were adopted from the shelter in September alone and, therefore, were provided with caring and loving homes. The cost for adoption is $95. Out of this cost, $80 pays for spay/neuter services and a rabies shot. The remainder of the fee covers food and boarding costs. With the ever increasing pet population, it is clear that there is a definite need for spay/neuter services. 

Most of us have observed dogs and cats that had no home, and judging by their appearance, had not been fed and/or they were freely roaming throughout neighborhoods.  The state of Tennessee and Campbell County has a running-at-large law which requires all animals not on an owner’s property to be on a leash. 

They are also required to be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian for rabies each year.

Betty Crumley, director of the Campbell County Animal Shelter, is proactive in applying for grants to cover the costs associated with spay/neuter. With a grant award, the reduced cost offers an incentive to pet owners to take the necessary steps to decrease the number of unwanted pets. 

If you are considering adding a pet to your home, please check the animal shelter first.