JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Policy changes are coming to the Jonesboro Animal Control Department's adoption process.
The department announced the change on Facebook, stating that if you know the animal you want to adopt, you can arrive at 8 a.m. to do so.
"We'll unlock it and the first person through that door can adopt that dog," Animal Control Officer Mike Owens said.
"We're hoping that this little change will be better off."
Before, you had to wait until noon to adopt a dog or cat. Now, as soon as the doors open at 8 a.m., you can adopt one.
The change comes in response to numerous people wanting one specific dog.
Owens said it happens often.
"Sometimes at 12 o'clock, we had people who were out there at 10 o'clock waiting and we don't know who pulled up first," Owens said. "Hopefully, this is going to take care a lot of the waiting for people and make it a lot easier for us to get more of our dogs out of here."
Owens said the timing may be more helpful to people too.
"8 o'clock in the morning, a lot of times is a lot easier than for people to come out at noon," Owens said.
Owens said if you have a dog at home, they ask that you bring the animal to the department the day prior so your pet can meet the pet you want to take home.
"If they meet good and everything goes well, then you can be here at 8 o'clock in the morning and adopt that dog," Owens said. "Or if you see a dog that you know that's the dog for you and you don't have any other dogs or anything else, then you can come up at 8 o'clock in the morning and adopt that dog.
Owens said you still won't be able to view dogs for adoption until noon, as kennel masters spend that time cleaning the area and taking care of the dogs.
However, if you show up at 8 a.m. and can specify which animal you want to adopt, they'll be able to help you out.
Owens added that if the dog you're interested in appears to have an owner, they reserve the right to hold it for longer than seven days.
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