Jerome Animal Shelter raises adoption prices, to include spay/neuter



By Rachael Giffoni

Volunteers braved the windy weather Saturday to help out the Jerome Animal Shelter.

From 10:00am – 2:00pm, they stood outside the Jerome Walmart, asking for food donations.

Officials say the shelter is on an extremely tight budget, and depends a lot on donations, either financial ones, or through food donations.

Monica Harrison, with the shelter, said, "A good quality of food is appreciated, only because the dogs are in stress anyway, being at the shelter. Being able to provide them with good nutrition helps out with their stomachs and just feeling better."

The shelter has also changed the way they charge for adoptions.
Originally, you paid $5.00 for a dog, and would get a coupon to get it spayed or neutered. But shelter officials say, people were not getting their animals spayed or neutered.

So, the shelter has raised the adoption fee to $50 to include a spay or neuter. When you adopt, a Jerome veterinarian will fix the animal for you, and then you get to take it home.

As they work to get animals adopted, officials say the shelter is dealing with overcrowding.

Harrison said, "Right now, we have a lot of 'I didn't want a puppy for Christmas.’ We've had a lot of dogs in the shelter. We are over capacity, but again, because of volunteers, who are willing to do the dirty work, we are making it work and not having to euthanize hardly what we used to have to do."

Right now they're holding 20 dogs with only 14 kennels.

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