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Local animal shelter hosting dog adoption event

By CJ Goater Apr 10, 2024 | 2:14 PM

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The Thunder Bay and District Human Society is hosting a dog adoption event dubbed DOG-A-PALOOZA.

The society has been receiving a large number of surrendered pets this year leading to the event.

“This year, year to date we’ve taken in 35 per cent more dog surrenders than last year,” explained the Human Society’s Executive Director Shawna Beaulieu. “The demand for dogs to be surrendered in our care has increased, and adoptions seem to have decreased.”

It’s also taking longer for dogs currently staying at the Society to be adopted. “Even puppies are sticking around, whereas before puppies would be gone quickly, being adopted almost immediately, and we had a bit of a waitlist of people constantly looking for puppies,” added Beaulieu.  “Now we have puppies that aren’t being adopted.”

The event is running from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. this Thursday and Friday and from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Appointments are not required and walk-ins are encouraged. All dogs available for adoption will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and receive flea and mite treatment and all adult dog adoption fees are by donation.

The event is being run in response to the higher amount of surrenders and the Human Society may run more similar events based on the success of DOG-A-PALOOZA.