‘Home For The Holidays’ campaign begins Nov. 25

NEW CUMBERLAND — “The Home For The Holidays campaign begins Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 24,” said Shelter Director Nichole Felouzis. “We are offering reduced adoption fees and other specials to encourage adopters to help us clear the shelters.”

The special holiday adoption rates for dogs is $75 and for cats is $25. The shelter is also offering gift certificates for the adoption of an animal of their choice. An approved pre-adoption application is required for any of these offers.

“The gift certificates can be purchased by people who want to give a loved one the gift of a pet for Christmas,” said Felouzis. “They pay the adoption fee and fill out the pre-adoption application for the recipient. Once the pre-adoption form is approved, they receive a gift certificate for an animal of the adopter’s choice.” Felouzis explained that the pre-adoption application is useful to insure responsible adoptions and to reduce impulse adoptions.

People can make donations to the shelter in honor of or in memory of a person or a beloved pet. The person or their family will receive a written acknowledgement of the gift. Cage sponsorships in honor of or in memory of a person or pet are also available for $50 for a dog’s cage and $30 for a cat’s cage. These sponsorships help pay the cost of an animal’s food and medical needs for one month.

The shelter is also selling copies of Janis Kell’s book, “Sunny and Friends”. This children’s book tells the adoption story of several animals from the animals’s point of view. The price is $12 per book and the proceeds of the book sale support the shelter.

“We are really excited to be part of this statewide promotion,” said Felouzis. “It is a great opportunity for people to help the shelter and to give all the animals a home for Christmas.”

The Hancock County Animal Shelter is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The shelter is closed to the public on Sundays. For more information, call 304-387-4102 or to request a link to the pre-adoption form, email hancockcountyanimalshelterwv@gmail.com . The shelter also has pages on Facebook and Petfinder.com.