Fulton Launches Pet Pardon Week
FULTON - Fulton people had the opportunity on Monday to adopt dogs and cats for free. Fulton is holding its first Pet Pardon Week Monday through Friday. The city will pay for the adoption fee and neutering fee.
Fulton Mayor Charlie Latham says he hopes to use the "pardon" authority to benefit the people as well as the pets.
"We know there are a lot of responsible pet owners out there that normally couldn't afford the adoption fees, the fees we charge. So we are giving them the opportunity to adopt. Plus we help some of those animals out of the pound into a loving home," Latham said.
Ronald Haupt came with his wife and son to the Garrett Animal Shelter to see the pets Monday. He wants to choose a dog for his son.
"I think it's a great idea," Haupt said."There are so many dogs that go every year not just here but everywhere. They don't get adopted because people can't afford it. That kind of did it for us. They are free."
Latham said he hopes the people adopting the pets meet some criteria.
"We want to make sure that they are going to be responsible pet owners. They are going to be able to care for the animals, to buy them food and shelter. It's the basic necessity."
Latham said the city will not turn down any people who would like to adopt pets.workers will help them to become qualified.
"Because the goal is to get the animals out of the shelter and into the home where they can be loved." Latham said.
Anyone who wants to adopt a dog or cat can go to the Garrett Animal Shelter or call it at 573-642-7443. The shelter is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. People who are interested in adopting but cannot make it there during regular hours can make special arrangements.