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Animal Foundation request: Delay turning in pets

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Updated: 8/26 3:58 pm
The Animal Foundation, Nevada’s largest open admission animal shelter and pet adoption agency, reported today that its adoption centers and lost and found areas are full.

To assist with these capacity challenges, the Foundation is asking that people looking to turn in a found animal or surrender ownership of their personal animal postpone doing so until this weekend, when the shelter is expecting to have more space.

“Our kennels are full, and we are asking our community, if at all possible, to postpone bringing animals to our facility until this weekend,” said Christine Robinson, executive director for The Animal Foundation. “We are doing everything possible to save as many lives as we can, and if you can hold on to any animal you find or wish to surrender for just a few days, it will make a tremendous difference in our efforts to solve this challenge.”

The Animal Foundation encourages residents who find stray pets to try to contact their owners using these four tips:

1. Report all found animals to Animal Control (legally required per jurisdiction ordinances).
2. If a pet is wearing visible identification, contact the phone numbers listed.
3. Take the pet to your veterinary hospital to have it scanned for a microchip; if a registered chip is found, the microchip company can help you contact the owner.
4. Hang posters in the area where the pet was found, post found pet descriptions on sites like Craigslist, and share found pet information with The Animal Foundation’s Lost & Found coordinator (found@animalfoundation.com).

The Animal Foundation will continue to accept animals and will never turn a lost, unwanted or abandoned animal away. The Foundation requests that any animals believed to be a health or safety risk to the community be taken to its campus immediately.

To facilitate more adoptions, The Animal Foundation is extending its Dog and Cat Days of Summer adoption special through August 31. The special offers adopters savings of up to 85 percent on almost all adoptable dogs and cats, including:

● $40 adoption fees for all Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes (all ages).
● 50 percent off adoption fees for other dog breeds (6 months and older).
● $15 adoption fees for all cats and kittens (all ages).

Since the special began on Aug. 20, 114 dogs and 91 cats have found forever homes. Still, more than 325 dogs and cats are available for adoption. And with an average of 110 new animals entering The Animal Foundation’s care daily, as soon as an animal is adopted, another animal is waiting to take his or her place.

Adoption discounts are valid on more than 300 pets at The Animal Foundation’s two adoption centers:

● Campus Adoption Center (655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas) open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

● PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center (286 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson) open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Discounted adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, up-to-date vaccines, and more. A $10 city license fee may apply.

For more information or to view adoptable pets online, visit www.animalfoundation.com or call (702) 384-3333, x131.

Here are some alternative shelters that will take dogs since Animal Foundation is overcrowded.


– From news release
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