National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day highlights importance of shelter adoption


Monday was National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day which highlights the need to find animals a forever home. 

The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas adopted out the longest resident of the shelter over the weekend. It’s a 6-year-old Staffordshire Terrier named Mona. 

Mona has been in and out of the shelter over the last few years, but there are many more like her who need homes as animals are dropped off at the Animal Foundation every day.

“We alone get over 80 animals a day coming into our shelter,” said Christi Dineff, the assistant director of operations at the Animal Foundation.

That number adds to the number of pets already being housed at the Animal Foundation. 

“So at any given time we will have several hundred animals here,” Dineff said.  “Sort of depends on the day of course.”

Animals come into the shelter for a variety of reasons: From owner surrenders to police bringing in a pet involved with an animal cruelty case. 

Dineff says it’s the operation’s goal to focus on finding them all “fur”-ever homes.

“Our intake numbers over the last year have been going down which is lovely, but we want to make sure we can continue to sustain that,” Dineff said.  “We really can’t save them all without the community’s help.”

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day raises that awareness. The shelter focuses on adopting all healthy and treatable animals.

“I have a choice today and these dogs don’t, and I want to make a difference,” said Damel Lino, animal adopter.

“There are just so many dogs that need homes,” said Eric Horne, adpoting a dog.  “There’s no real reason to breed more of them.”

Dogs are the largest intake into the shelter, but the Animal Foundation also has exotic animals ranging from a lizard to bunnies.

The Animal Foundation’s next big goal is to become a no-kill shelter by 2020. 

“We want to save them all,” said Dineff.

The Animal Foundation does not put breed labels on any animal that comes to the shelter because shelter officials feel visual identification of breeds is not very reliable. 

The shelter is open daily from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

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