By Mehgaan Jones
The Clayton County Animal Control Department and the Clayton Humane Society will partner to host a Pet Adoption Day on Saturday, from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m.
The event is taking place in an effort to decrease the number of dogs and cats being euthanized in Clayton County, according to Capt. Mark Thompson, head of Clayton's Animal Control Department.
Thompson said that every month, the county receives 400 to 500 dogs, despite having only 74 cages that accommodate dogs. "If I no longer have the space to take in animals, I am authorized to do euthanizations within three business days," said Thompson.
On Saturday, approximately 20-25 dogs, and 25-30 cats will be up for adoption, officials said. For that day only, the county will reduce its regular adoption rates for cats and dogs by $25.
On Pet Adoption Day, the cost of adopting female cats and dogs will be $40 and $50, respectively, and the cost of adopting male cats and dogs will be $30 and $40, respectively, according to Thompson. He said the cost will cover spaying and neutering of the animals, as well as basic vaccination fees.
Prior to Saturday's Pet Adoption Day, Clayton County Animal Control will host a low-cost vaccine clinic on Friday, in Jonesboro. The clinic will include $10 for rabies vaccines, $25 heartworm tests, and $25 for microchipping.
"Clayton County will also implement the choice to require a background check for adoptions," said Lt. Tina Daniel, a public information officer for the Clayton County Police Department. "This will include non-adoptable breeds, such as pit bulls, rottweilers and sharpeis," said Daniel.
"If the prospective owner seems questionable, they will be required to get a background check from the police department," she continued.
The Pet Adoption Day and low-cost vaccine clinic will be held at the Clayton County Animal Control Facility, which is located at 1396 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 477-3509.