By Ryan Richardson
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Two-year-old Gwendolyn Haase got her Christmas wish early this year, in the shape of a furry dog named Jack, courtesy of the Joplin Humane Society’s annual animal adoption drive.
The society’s Animal Adoption and Resource Center, located at 140 E. Emperor Lane, looks to place as many animals in homes this weekend through its “Black Fur-iday” event. The “sale” cuts the cost of adoption down 25 percent to $60.
“We already had people waiting outside this afternoon,” said Lysa Buehler, shelter manager, “waiting for one o’clock to hit. This is a big time of the year that people step up and bring a new pet into their homes, and we try and find the right pet for everyone.”
An hour after the drive started, seven animals had been adopted.
“We’re excited that people came out today to try and adopt,” Buehler said. “People sometimes think of shelters housing only problem animals, but that isn’t the case. Most of these guys didn’t get a fair shake the first time around.”
Every animal that is adopted from the shelter has received a wide variety of veterinarian services, including flea and worm treatment, neutering or spaying, and an identifiable microchip in case the animal becomes lost.
Gwendolyn’s mother, Sarah Haase, made the drive from Galena, Kan., to find a suitable pet for her daughter. Her first choice was Joplin’s shelter, despite not realizing that the shelter was holding a sale.
“It is the best choice to go to a shelter and to get something that wants to find a good home,” Haase said. “These guys need good homes, and we wanted to have our daughter know what it’s like to have a good dog.”
The Humane Society will usually have between 600 to 900 animals on hand for adoption.
“Our goal is to find a home for every adoptable animal here, and we will keep working towards that,” Buehler said.
The organization’s adoption drive continues at 10 a.m. today and 1 p.m. Sunday.