POMEROY — The Meigs County Dog Shelter, located at 41790 Fairgrounds Lane in Pomeroy, is a rescue-friendly facility. The adoption fee is $90 for adult dogs and includes first shot, rabies vaccine, spay/neuter and dog license.
The fee for puppy adoptions is $100 and includes the spay/neuter fee; a contact is required for puppies not old enough to undergo the procedure at the time of adoption. When the puppy is old enough, they can be taken to the shelter’s local vet. First shot, rabies and dog license are included in the adoption fee.
There is a $10 fee per dog to cover the cost of initial vaccine and wormer.
Shelter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. Appointments to visit the shelter can be arranged by contacting Dee Cummins, assistant dog warden, at 740-992-3779. Leave a message if no one answers.
The shelter is always in need of volunteers and supplies. Visit their Facebook page to view the dogs available for adoption and to read some of their success stories.
Winter has arrived and for those outdoor pets, remember to change their water frequently as it freezes when temperatures drop and the animal can become dehydrated, even in winter, without an available source of water.
The folks at the Meigs County Dog Shelter also want to remind pet guardians to make sure their outside pet’s home is prepared for colder temperatures.
The recommended material to use in outdoor shelters is straw for both dogs and cats: it has high levels of insulation and moisture resistance, provides good cushion and is easy for the animal to make a nest.
According to the shelter staff, by placing straw around the inside edges and fluffing some for the bottom, the animal can “nest” in the straw.
Straw breaks down and can become hard, making it difficult for the animal to nest, so frequent changes are recommended. Refreshing the straw also alleviates the issue of dust created by the breakdown of the straw.
A layer of wood chips or shavings beneath the hay or straw helps keep the bed warm by providing drainage for moisture that might enter the house. Straw is also good for mud prevention around the shelter. By surrounding it with a thick layer, the straw will keep the animal from standing in cold mud and tracking mud inside the house.
Less wind will enter the house if the entrance is small or extends out from the structure. Fix cracks in the structure with spray insulation to prevent heat loss.
And why straw instead of blankets? Blankets become wet, freeze and develop a sheet of ice. It is OK to use a blanket on top of the straw if it is changed frequently.
This winter, your pet will thank you for your efforts and you can rest easier knowing the animal is safe and snug.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.
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