JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Hundreds of pets found new homes last year at Jonesboro Animal Control. In fact, it is the largest number of adoptions in a single year for the shelter.
"We broke all the records from the previous years," said Animal Control Supervisor Sgt. Larry Rogers.
2011 was a good year for Jonesboro Animal Control after finding new homes for well over 500 animals. "We're just real proud of this," said Rogers.
He says that's over a hundred more adoptions than the previous year. "We try to match them with the person, with their personality, and their lifestyle," said Rogers, "As well as educate those who come in about the importance of taking responsibility for your pet." The department is trying to combat the rising pet population. A low cost spay and neuter clinic was even offered last year to emphasize the need.
"It was just a trial run, and it was fantastic. It got the people to come to the shelter to see why it's so important with all the animals they saw," said Rogers, which was evident Wednesday, when Rogers took us back to find four litters of puppies.
Every pet adopted at the shelter is up-to-date on shots and spayed or neutered, which is included in the adoption fee.
We spoke with Debbi Quintavalli, who was one of more than seven adoption pick-ups Wednesday afternoon. "I picked out little baby here for my father. He is in need of a little companion. I have another dog that I got from a shelter. I always get dogs from the shelter because they need love and a place to go to. I saw her on the website and here I am," said Quintavalli.
You would think that with the increase of adoptions last year, the number of pets euthanized would go down with it. But after looking at the numbers, Rogers says that wasn't the case.
"I was just so happy about all the additional adoptions I was thinking maybe this is cutting down (the number of animals euthanized). Really what is happening, I don't know if it's the economy or what, but people are not reclaiming their animals when they are picked up. Unfortunately, we had to euthanize more animals," said Rogers.