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THSSC is working hard to help find animals their 'furever' homes

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The Humane Society of Sullivan County is working hard to help find animals their "furever" homes. In fact, there will be two opportunities on Saturday to adopt a pet.

The first opportunity will be during the “Clear the Shelters” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the facility, located at 2425 N. Section St, Sullivan. As part of this event, THSSC will be offering discounted prices to adopt an adult dog. The cost to adopt a fully-vaccinated dog will be only $40, which is a savings of $100. Tina Baker, manager at THSSC, estimates there will be 45 adoptable dogs at that time. 

There will also be approximately 40 cats available. Cat adoptions will be $10.

This is THSSC’s second year participating in “Clear the Shelters,” which is a nation-wide event in which shelters offer animal adoptions at a discounted rate in order “to recover from the summer offspring of puppies and kittens,” Baker said. 

Baker recommends visiting the humane society’s website at thssc.org to view photos of adoptable pets in order to speed up the process while visiting the facility on Saturday. Adoption applications can also be found on the website. According to Baker, the application takes approximately five minutes to complete and may be filled out at the shelter that day. 

“We just make sure what you’re looking at isn’t just kind of like an impulse thing — that they’re $40 — and that they do fit the lifestyle that you live,” Baker said. 

All approved applicants will be able to take their pet home the same day. 

A few select dogs will be available later in the evening at the “Clear the Shelters” rate at the Sullivan Civic Center as part of THSSC’s “10-year Anniversary and Bark Pawty.” 

This anniversary celebration will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. 

There, you will be able to get a sandwich (pulled pork, hamburger or hotdog), chips, drink, dessert and a side for $8. 

Pet photographs will also be offered, at no cost. All pets must have a rabies certificate, but anyone may bring their pets to be photographed and photos will then be emailed to the owner.

A dog parade will also take place at 8:15 p.m., following the same route as the Mile Run.  Anyone who wishes to participate in the dog parade must register by 7:45 that evening. You may also pre-register at the shelter anytime. 

Four different contests will be taking place during the event as well. Winners will be given a T-shirt. The contests include “cutest,” “ugliest (but still cutest),” “most talented” and “owner/pet look-alike.” These contests will begin around 7:30 p.m. and will be judged by local celebrities. 

Anyone may also purchase a THSSC T-shirt for $20 in advance by simply stopping by the shelter. 

In order to off-set some adoption prices, Baker said they requested 10 individuals or businesses to sponsor an adoption kennel, allowing 10 adoptable pets to be taken to the Civic Center that evening and making the $40 adoption fee cost-effective for the shelter. Their goal was exceeded, with 18 kennel adoption sponsorships. 

 “We’re hoping it’s a good turnout,” Baker said. “We haven’t had a big event besides our spaghetti dinner in a while. We think 10 years in kind of something to celebrate.”


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