AWLA Cuts Dog Adoption Fees in Half to Make Room for Newcomers | ARLnow

Arlington’s Animal Welfare League kennels are busy, and the shelter is hoping for a grand slam that sends all those dogs home.

During AWLA’s week-long Home Run adoption event, adoption fees will be halved for dogs six months and older to encourage potential adoptive parents to step up. From tomorrow (Saturday) through Friday, April 9, people can bring home dogs under 25 pounds for $137, adult dogs for $100, and dogs 10 years and older for $87.

The shelter is reaching capacity and expects more dogs to arrive soon, said Chelsea Jones, a spokeswoman.

“Our kennels are very full, and with dog transports arriving next week, we really need to get our current dogs adopted to make room for new dogs from needy shelters in Texas,” Jones said. “Many of our dogs have also been with us for a while now, and it’s high time they found their homes.”

Some shelters in Texas are still struggling with the aftermath of February storms and cold weather that knocked out power to much of the state, she said. Meanwhile, shelters across the country are entering their peak season, when the number of animals in need of shelter begins to rise.

“We get requests every day from shelters and rescues that need transfer partners, and we always want to help out if we can,” Jones said.

A year into the pandemic, which prompted many people to struggle with isolation with new furry friends, it appears adoption rates have dropped, she said.

“We’re still very busy with adoptions, but not quite at the same level as a year ago,” Jones said. “We also seem to have dogs who are struggling to find their families and have been with us for some time – they just haven’t found their person yet, but hopefully they will this weekend. “

Photos courtesy of Animal Welfare League of Arlington

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