Lots of people inside the Animal Shelter

Chickamauga, GA – Pets are priceless. Money can’t buy the memories and experiences they create with their owners. That’s why pets really are priceless at the Walker County Animal Shelter!

During the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Walker County Animal Shelter will take an unconventional approach to encourage pet adoptions. On Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27th, the shelter will waive its regular adoption fee, offering pet seekers an opportunity to make a match and bring home a new family member for free.

The Shelter recently embarked on a new mission to increase the number of animals saved in Walker County and reduce euthanasia rates. As part of that effort, all dogs and cats of age are now vaccinated and spayed/neutered before leaving the facility. The Shelter has also strengthened connections with rescue groups capable of helping animals find new homes.

Dogs and cats housed at shelters often become stressed by their surroundings, making them more susceptible to illness. The longer an animal stays sheltered, the greater their chances of becoming sick. To reduce that risk, Walker County Animal Shelter staff now encourages pet owners who want to surrender their animals to foster them at home, allowing shelter staff to search for a new forever family.

While it’s still early, animal tracking data shows significant improvement. Through the first four months of 2017, nearly 79% of all animals brought to the Walker County Animal Shelter have been saved. This number includes animals adopted, sent to rescues and returned to their owners.

To maintain this momentum, the shelter needs more volunteers to walk, wash and train dogs. While searching for a match, pet seekers can add their name to an upcoming volunteer information and orientation session to learn how shelter service can be a rewarding experience.

“Priceless Pets” will be offered from 10am to 4pm on Friday, May 26th and 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, May 27th at the Walker County Animal Shelter, 5488 North Marbletop Road, Chickamauga. Those who rent should bring proof of a pet friendly lease to speed up the adoption process.