About this time of year, things can get a little lonely around the kennels of the DeSoto County Animal Services Shelter at 1251 Humane Way in Nesbit. Those kennels however have been way too busy this year, said County Animal Services Director Monica Mock last week.
“Normally at this time of year we have closed kennels,” Mock said. “I don’t know if it’s because of weather or what’s going on, but the puppy season this year has never let up. Normally by Christmas we have no puppies and we don’t see puppies until March. It is litter after litter after litter, ranging from six weeks to three months.”
In an effort to find new homes for the many puppies and other animals housed at the shelter, Mock and her Animal Services Department are offering what they call “Feb’fur’ary” during the next few weeks.
What is normally a $25 adoption fee will become $10 for the entire month. In addition, for three days, Feb. 7-9, the Animal Shelter will offer to all county residents, vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm testing for $10 each. Cats may be tested during the same three-day period for what is called Fiv/FeLk at $15.
The excessive amount of unwanted animals is not limited to just one area of the county, Mock pointed out.
“Blackwell Animal Rescue Center pulled more than 40 puppies from us in November and it’s like they keep coming in,” Mock said. “They’re coming from all over the county. People need to get their animals spayed and neutered and stop having unwanted litters.”
Microchipping of animals allows the county to quickly return those found roaming about to their owners, said Mock.
“The chipping is a good way to bring a dog home real fast, in a hurry,” Mock explained. “When we go out, we scan them in the field, look it up and we can call the owner and get the dog home without even bringing them in.”
A 14-year veteran of the county Animal Services department, Mock hopes the event and continued use of spaying and neutering of animals can cut down on the unwanted number of litters her department is daily facing.
“We’re so full, we’re trying to help get them homes,” Mock said. “This is just something I love and I get so much enjoyment out of it with the satisfaction of working with animals and people.”
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.