By CHRIS AGEE
The Mineral Wells Animal Shelter recently released its 2012 adoption report, showing a large number of pets with new homes, but slightly less than its recent high in 2011.
According to the report, 447 animals were adopted throughout the year, down from the previous year's total of 512.
The majority of those adoptions, as usual, were dogs, which accounted for more than 76 percent of all adoptions last year.
Remaining animal adoptions included 93 cats, three donkeys, two horses, and six Guinea pigs.
The report breaks down area agencies and businesses participating in adoption events and showed the best overall month was January, in which 53 dogs and seven cats were placed with new owners.
According to the figures, the city shelter led the charge by facilitating the adoption of 201 dogs, 27 cats, and all of the remaining species.
PetSense events, held regularly throughout the year, resulted in 100 dogs and 61 cats finding new homes.
The county shelter, Palo Pinto Humane Society and Westside Animal League led efforts to find owners for the remaining animals.
Though totals were down slightly in most categories compared to 2011, last year's results were higher than adoptions facilitated in either 2009 or 2010.