Clark County Dog Warden Sandi Click talks to one of the dogs up for adoption at the Clark County Dog Shelter on Wednesday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Springfield dog shelter offers discount on pets, thanks to donations

Clark County families can still adopt pets cheaper than usual thanks to a donation from the community.

The Clark County Dog Shelter is adopting out dogs for $20 after numerous donors came forward and sponsored them. A dog shelter receptionist told the Springfield News-Sun on Wednesday afternoon that there were still a few more dogs available for $20.

“It’s amazing. I cannot say enough good things about people in the Clark County area,” Chief Dog Warden and Clark County Dog Shelter Director Sandi Click said.

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The shelter announced on its Facebook page earlier this month that two dogs were adopted almost immediately, and Click said dogs have been adopted at a steady rate since.

“Whenever we put a call out for food, supplies, vet work for dogs, they have stepped forward,” Click said.

The shelter also posted on its Facebook on Wednesday that it’s in need for leashes. The shelter said medium and large leashes are the most in demand.

The shelter is open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is at 5201 Urbana Road in Springfield.

The normal cost to adopt a dog is between $85 and $200, Click said, depending on the gender and weight of the dog. She said local veterinarians have been generous and given discounts, but for a family low on money this holiday season, the donations can translate to a lifetime friend.

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Before adopting a dog, it’s important that families have an honest discussion about who will be responsible for it and families should be sure they can care for the animal.

And once a dog is adopted, families should remember the dog will probably need some time before it becomes familiar with its new owners and surroundings.

“These dogs are not going to be completely comfortable with you,” Click said. “You need to keep their stress levels down. If they come home, and you have a lot of visitors, it might be better to keep the dog in a bedroom or out of the way.”

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