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Matchmaking goes to the dogs

Humane Society cuts adoption fees throughout February

Photo by Heather Middleton
Shelter Manager Wilma Nace, gets kisses from Twinkles, a 1-year-old Chihuahua. Twinkles is available for adoption at the Clayton County Humane Society.

Photo by Heather Middleton Shelter Manager Wilma Nace, gets kisses from Twinkles, a 1-year-old Chihuahua. Twinkles is available for adoption at the Clayton County Humane Society.

By Heather Middleton

hmiddleton@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — The next great love of your life may be on four legs.

This Valentine’s Day, the Clayton County Humane Society is offering to play matchmaker to help animals find forever homes, with reduced adoption fees now through the end of February.

Shelter Manager Wilma Nace has been with the humane society for six years and her heart belongs to the animals.

“We learn about the kind of pet people are looking to adopt and we can match them up with the right animal,” she said. “We know their personalities.”

For example, she knows Chloe, a Beagle mix, is a “great alarm clock.”

“She knows when people are pulling into the driveway or near the door,” Nace said.

If someone’s looking for lots of doggie kisses, then Twinkles, the Chihuahua, is a perfect fit, she said.

Nace recommends any potential adopter to come in and meet an animal first, bringing all members of their household.

“They’re a lot different than just looking at a still picture on the computer screen, she said. “They need to understand the animal’s personality.”

To be considered, adopters must fill out an adoption form. The shelter staff will check veterinarian records if available and call landlords, if necessary.

“We really want to get to know the people,” Nace said. “We’re selective. We’re not in it for the numbers, we care about the animals and want find the best homes for them.”

Nace also advises those looking to adopt to do their research and know what they’re getting into when adopting.

“This is a lifetime commitment to an animal,” she said.

Additionally, the shelter is continuing their Senior Dogs to Senior People program. They’re offering reduced adoption fees to any senior citizen interested in adopting an older animal.

All animals adopted from the Humane Society, will be up-to-date on all shots and spayed or neutered.

“They’re 100-percent healthy,” Nace said.

Shelter hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. The shelter is closed the first Wednesday of every month.

Animals available for adoption at the Humane Society can also be found on Petfinder.com by searching zip code 30236 and on Facebook.