By CHRIS AGEE
A pet adoption and corresponding veterinary clinic will be held Saturday at Walden Farm and Ranch Supply, marking the first such event since former host Petsense went out of business.
The Pet Extravaganza begins at 10 a.m. at the retailer, located behind McDonald’s on Garrett Morris Parkway.
Animals from the Palo Pinto County Humane Society and Mineral Wells Animal Shelter will be available for adoption and staff say such opportunities go a long way toward addressing overpopulation in the area.
“The more we can get adopted out, that gives us room to take in other animals,” said Animal Shelter Coordinator Becky McDonald.
Explaining the facility currently has a “normal” number of strays and otherwise unclaimed dogs and cats, she said any chance to present the potential pets to the public is a blessing.
“We will be at the adoption with a lot of puppies,” she said.
In general, McDonald said, the shelter has seen an increase in the number of responsible pet owners who respond quickly when their animals end up in her care.
“People are starting to pick up their animals,” she said.
Sherry Seabolt of the Humane Society said pet population is a serious issue in the city.
“We’ve got a bunch of dogs,” she said, explaining she is doing her best to see that abandoned pets receive adequate care.
“What Walden is doing is huge for us,” she said, noting summer months typically coincide with a spike in pet drop-offs.
“We’re still having a hard time finding fosters,” Seabolt said, explaining many great animals just need a temporary home while awaiting a permanent family.
In addition to volunteers and foster owners, she said donations of pet food and other necessities are needed and can be left at Walden.
While the adoption lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, a low-cost veterinary clinic and microchipping station will be at the location beginning at noon.
Microchipping will cost $35 and those adopting pets will receive a complimentary bag of food.
The Humane Society issued a call for assistance following the recent closure of Petsense, which hosted regular adoptions and facilitated more than 1,600 pet rescues.
Walden Farm and Ranch stepped up and Petsense donated a pet display cage and surrounding structure, which now houses cats on a consistent basis.
May 30 marked Petsense’s final pet adoption and resulted in 13 cats and 11 dogs finding permanent homes.