It was a busy Black Friday at Ardmore Animal Care. All pet adoptions were offered at $5, and by 5 p.m., over 40 animals had been adopted. Supervisor Amanda Dinwiddie said cats and kittens proved to be the most popular animals.
“We’ve adopted all but eight cats and we started out with a little over 30,” Dinwiddie said. “We haven’t seen as many dog adoptions as we would have liked, so we’re still sitting at about 70 dogs, but more keep coming in right as we’re sending them out.”
In addition to the strays coming into the shelter and animals being surrendered by owners, she said there are several litters of both kittens and puppies that will soon be coming to the shelter.
“We’ve got about 10 litters of kittens out in foster care that we’ll be expecting back by Christmas,” Dinwiddie said. “We’ve also got three litters of dogs out for foster care. One is expected to give birth any day now, so we have no idea how many we’ll have with her. One is a Boxer litter of three that should be back with us by January, and the other is a good old mutt mix with nine puppies.”
Speaking of Christmas, Dinwiddie urges anyone thinking of adopting a pet for a Christmas gift to carefully consider it. Pets require a lifetime of care and training, and sometimes people don’t consider that when selecting a puppy or kitten for Christmas morning.
Animals are great Christmas presents and then in that exact same breath I can say animals are not great Christmas presents,” Dinwiddie said. “The joy and excitement of getting a puppy on Christmas morning is out of this world, but then after awhile the newness wears off. Now it’s New Years Day, and it’s going to the bathroom everywhere and chewing everything up.”
She said to think long and hard about the decision to adopt a pet and consider all of the responsibilities that come with being a pet owner.
“It’s not just the training part and the puppy stage. It’s also the aftercare and medical care,” Dinwiddie said. “In the event there was ever an emergency and your pet needed to see the vet right away, how are you going to pay for it? There’s also food bills. So there are lots of things to consider.”
She said people not fully thinking through everything that comes with pet ownership leads to an influx of animals after Christmas.
“Unfortunately, we see a lot of returns after Christmastime,” Dinwiddie said. “We always do a lot of adoptions leading up to it, but that’s always our concern. How many are going to be returned?”
Dinwiddie added that in the event someone does get in over their head with a pet they are not ready for, they are welcome at the shelter where they can be properly cared for and adopted out to a family ready for the responsibility.
Ardmore Animal Care is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dog adoptions are $60 and cat adoptions are $40.