By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
Dogs that have been at the Yukon animal shelter for a while are seeking the chance to play in their “fur-ever” home during a special adoption day next month.
Pets and People Humane Society will host a “Benchwarmer” dog adoption event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the dog park directly west of the shelter, 701 N Inla.
Pets & People Humane Society provides safe harbor for pets until they are adopted into responsible and loving homes.
“The event will feature our animals that have been with us for six months or longer, for no reason other than they have just been overlooked or not chosen for adoption yet,” said Pets and People Board Member Peggy Nichols.
Some of these dogs are older, are high energy or simply prefer being the only dog in a family.
“For these reasons, they have been passed over for easier-to-adopt small dogs and puppies,” Nichols said. “Some of the dogs would be perfect for people who travel – such as semi-truck drivers – or people in senior living facilities.”
These “all-star” dogs are looking to “come off the bench” for the chance to play with a loving new owner.
“We want to make sure the animal will be a good match for the family that adopts it,” Nichols said. “Prospective adopters will be asked to complete a questionnaire to make sure the pet and the people will be a good fit.”
Everyone who adopts an animal at the July 13th special adoption event will have their name placed in a drawing for a year’s supply of Fromm Gold dog food from Pawtopia, along with one year of heart worm treatment and one year of flea and tick preventative from Pets & People.
RESCUE CENTER BUILDING FUND
Adoption fees on dogs who have been at the animal shelter six months are longer will be waived for Pets and People’s upcoming “Benchwarmer” adoption event.
“We will be accepting donations for our new rescue center building fund in lieu of an adoption fee,” Nichols said.
Pets & People will build its own rescue center on property it owns west of the animal shelter.
Ground-breaking is planned for September and the organization will launch a $500,000 capital campaign in August to fund construction, according to Pets & People Vice President Amy Young.
A February 2020 completion timeline is projected for the new rescue center.
The July 13th “Benchwarmer” dog adoption event will feature kids’ activities, and the Coits food truck and Kona Ice will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Saturday.
Other dogs (besides the “benchwarmers”) and cats also will be available for adoption.
For more information or to get a copy of a flier to share on social media, email Nichols at PeggyNichols0912@gmail.com
Pets & People, a no-kill animal humane society, has rescued 55,000 cats and dogs since it started in 1993. The organization adopts out pets to loving “forever” homes and find foster homes for animals awaiting adoption.
All adoptable Pets & People Humane Society animals are vet checked, given appropriate vaccinations, microchipped, tested for various diseases, given preventative medications, spayed/neutered, and then sheltered until responsible homes are found.
Pets & People strives to reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats by educating the public on responsible ownership.
For more information, call 350-7387 or visit www.petsandpeople.com