Focus on: Cullman County Animal Shelter

We take in hundreds of unwanted animals each month, and we strive to find them homes.”
Candie Horsley, Cullman County Animal Shelter

CULLMAN – The Cullman County Animal Shelter takes in many animals each month. They come from area citizens, as well as city and county animal control officers. The shelter’s goal is that all of the animals that find their way to them find a good home. Unfortunately, the animals usually outnumber the adopters. The shelter needs help from the community. Citizens can help by volunteering at the shelter or by becoming foster or adoptive parents.

“We take in hundreds of unwanted animals each month, and we strive to find them homes,” said Candie Horsley, who works at the shelter. “However, we still have to euthanize due to lack of space, foster homes and because we take in so many more than we are able to adopt out,” she explained. “We do maintain a higher adoption rate of all our adoptable pets and we are very proud of that.”

Horsley advises that if citizens are missing a pet or know someone who is, please check the shelter. Stray dogs are held for seven days before they are put up for adoption.

Adoption fees are $90 for dogs or puppies and $65 for cats or kittens. Fees cover a general veterinary examination, spay or neuter procedure, microchip, first round of shots, dewormer, Bordetella and rabies vaccines, free 45-day 24 Pet Watch health insurance policy and a free bag of pet food from Pet Depot (tax on food not included).

“We need foster homes and volunteer transporters badly,” Horsley added. “If you can do either of these, please get with us asap. We are down to the bare minimum of active foster homes and transporters. Not everyone can adopt, but everyone can help the unwanted and neglected animals of this county in some manner.”

Volunteers are also needed to help with the everyday upkeep of the shelter and care for animals, including walking dogs, grooming and assisting with off-site adoption events.

Donations of paper towels, laundry detergent, dog and cat shampoo, dish liquid (citrus- or lemon-scented), latex gloves, pet taxis or crates (all sizes), non-clumping cat litter, dry kitten food and dog or cat treats are always welcomed.

Monetary gifts help the shelter provide vaccines, medicines and microchips, as well as run the adoption sponsor program. Donations are tax-deductible.

The Cullman County Animal Shelter is located at 935 Convent Road NE. For more information, stop by or call 256-734-5448

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