Augusta Animal Services has extended the time for anyone interested in some company over the long holiday weekend to pick up a companion.
The department added two more days to pick up a homeless pet through its “Home for the Holidays” program. People who are staying home can come to the shelter from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 to select an adoptable pet to spend Thanksgiving in their home.
“Shelter pets at Augusta Animal Services don’t want to spend the Thanksgiving holiday alone,” said Deputy Director Crystal Eskola. “We have pets (cats and dogs) that would love to cuddle on someone’s couch and maybe eat a bit of turkey too! We need families that can give the pets a reason to be thankful by showering them with love.”
Animals can be returned from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 28 or 29. AAS can provide supplies for the cat or dog if necessary during the visit. The hope is that many or all animals may instead become permanent family members.
Eskola said, “We hope that most animals will become long term family members but if not, the information and photos obtained during their visit with the family will help the animal get adopted upon return.”
She says anyone wishing to bring a guest home for the holiday should bring their children, and if they currently have a pet, to the shelter so staff can help choose an appropriate animal.
AAS is also running a special for anyone wishing to adopt a pet. All animals, adult dogs and cats along with puppies and kittens can be adopted for $15 to reduce overcrowding at the shelter. Adoptions can be made Tuesday and Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m.
The shelter is located at 4164 Mack Lane, off Tobacco Road. For additional information on “Home for the Holidays” or pet adoption, call 706 790-6836.