BY TOM BUSSELBERG
FRUIT HEIGHTS — Now’s a good time to “Spring for a Pet” from Davis County Animal Control Services.
Adoptions of cats and dogs are a big priority at the Fruit Heights-based shelter this time of year.
By March of this year, 322 cats and dogs had been adopted, said Clint Thacker, animal control director.
That compares with 210 adoptions during the first quarter of 2012.
A goal of finding adoptive homes for 1,200 cats and dogs during 2013 is on target, he said.
June of 2012 was the first month where 100 adoptions took place, Thacker said.
In an attempt to keep the trend going, 2013 is being called “The Year of 100” at animal control.
A partnership with Best Friends Animal Society provides a stipend for every cat or dog adoption, Thacker said.
“That way we’re not losing revenue,” he said.
Best Friends is also assisting with advertising.
The group funded a billboard on I-15 just south of the Layton Parkway exit, as well as banners just off of U.S. Highway 89 and at the shelter.
“We’re having huge success,” Thacker said. “It’s the strategic planning and partnership.”
Adoption from animal shelters saves pet’s lives, he added.
“It (animal ownership) gives a person responsibility in return for unconditional love,” Thacker said. “We see a lot of bad things in our jobs and what humans sometimes do to pets, yet they still love humans.”
The shelter is at 1422 E. 600 North, Fruit Heights, adjacent to Davis County Public Works.
Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.
For more information, call 801-444-2200 or visit daviscountyutah.gov/animal_services.