FLINT (WJRT) (12/06/17)- It's an all-out mission to make it a happier holiday season for pets and people alike. The Genesee County Animal Shelter has launched a three week, "Home for the holidays" campaign. All adoptions between now and Christmas are free of charge.
"We've never done anything like this before. We hope to adopt out 100 dogs and cats, kittens and puppies before December 23rd," said Volunteer Coordinator Amy Warner.
Anyone interested in adopting a pet must go through a screening process.
"They are completely up to date on their shots, they've been spade and neutered, they have been de-flead and de-wormed. We have amazing volunteers here who have socialized the dogs and cuddled the cats up for you and they are just ready and waiting for you," said Warner.
Right now, the shelter is nearly at capacity. Warner says that's typically what happens in November and December.
"It's really cold out there and we don't want animals freezing at night, so we're picking them up and bringing them on in here, getting them healthy," said Warner.
The shelter is placing a special emphasis on trying to find homes for senior cats and dogs.
"I guess there's an element of sympathy for an older dog that's not in a home for the holidays. We want them all there. Most of the senior dogs are used to a life in a home and find themselves here for whatever reason," said Warner.
At the same time, the Genesee County Animal Shelter is also looking for donations to help get through the cold weather months.
"We'll put them under the tree, we need blankets, dog food, cat food. You can bring in sweaters for the dogs, but definitely, we'll take donations for sure," said Warner.