JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro animal control is holding a special adoption for several dogs who have been at the kennel for more than a year.
Eight dogs at animal control have been there since 2015. That is two males and six females.
These dogs are $65 each this week instead of the normal $85 price.
Animal Control Officer David Cooley said it is important to get these dogs a new home for several reasons.
During the springtime, the kennel gets more dogs than usual so there are more dogs to care for and house.
"Around this time of year any shelter you go to is going to be picking up a lot of dogs," Cooley said. "When spring comes around the dogs are more active and they want to break out more. We have more storms, so fences are broken."
Cooley also said the longer dogs are at animal control, the more prone they are to sickness.
"The reason we are focused on getting them out is the longer these dogs are here the bigger the chance is of a dog coming in sick and spreading that sickness over to them," Cooley said.
Most importantly, Cooley said the dog's are less happy the longer they are in a kennel and not in a home.
"Just the morale of the dog goes down and they just want to sit in a kennel verses be active, and it is a snowball of problems that could happen after a dog has been here for so long," Cooley said.
Cooley said right now animal control has enough room for the dogs, but they want to get them adopted to good home.
"Luckily right now we have enough kennels and we can get the dogs in, but we do need the adoptions and send dogs to forever homes," Cooley said.
All eight dogs up for special adoption this week are on the Jonesboro Animal Control Facebook page.
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