Humane Society Encourages Pet Adoptions

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6-week old Spencer was one of the five animals who were available for adoption during the Humane Society of Imperial County adoption.

EL CENTRO – The Humane Society of Imperial County is at capacity and in an effort to place animals in a good home, an adoption clinic was held Saturday morning at the Tractor Supply Company in El Centro, with various small dogs available for adoption.

Currently the animal shelter has approximately 400 animals waiting to be adopted.

“Unfortunately, in Imperial County we are seeing the number of animals increase yearly and for that reason we want to remind the community to spay or neuter their pets,” said Devon Apodoca, executive director for the Humane Society of Imperial County. “With warm months comes breeding season, resulting in an increase of animals at our shelter during the summer months.”

Apodaca said the shelter holds several adoption throughout the month in various locations and once a month they add a Microchip clinic.

“Residents are under the impression that microchips are only available for animals adopted at the shelter, however they are for everyone,” said Apodaca. “Anyone can bring a pet and have him microchipped for $20, instead of the normal $25. During our adoption events we normally get more people interested in the microchips than the pet adoptions. Even though we would like to see more adoptions, chips are excellent because if an animal gets lost, it’s a sure way to reunite them with their families.”

Adopting an animal entails a simple procedure. The interested party must have a current driver’s license or identification card, complete an application, and pay the adoption fee ranging from $100 to $150 (spay or neuter included in fee).

“All of our animals are temperament tested before they are available for adoption,” said Apodaca.

Apodaca wants to remind the community that it is very important to have pets spayed or neutered and vaccinated.

“Many people will get a puppy and will take it to the veterinarian once and think they are set for life and they are not,” said Apodaca. “Younger animals need to be on a vaccine regimen. It is very important animals are not only vaccinated but also microchipped, spayed or neutered.”

The shelter provides low cost services for animals and is located at 1575 W Pico Ave, El Centro.