Over the last two semesters, The Bulletin has featured five dogs and four cats from the Emporia Animal Shelter, 1216 Hatcher St., as the Corky’s Fuzzy Friends featured pet.
Of the five dogs, two were adopted, according to the shelter’s records. Ramona, the pitbull featured in this week’s Fuzzy Friend, has not been adopted as of yesterday.
The remaining two dogs, Buzz, a terrier mix, and Maurice, a lab mix, were rescued.
Rescued means that the animals were not adopted, but were instead transferred to another shelter or are at a foster home, according to Peggy Perez, the shelter’s manager.
Of the four cats featured, three of them were adopted. The fourth cat, Charles III, was returned to his owner, according to Perez.
All of the staff members have adopted pets from the shelter.
“Every pet I have in my room has come from the shelter,” Perez said.
Barbara Haynes, shelter assistant, has also adopted several pets.
“I’ve adopted two cats and a dog through the shelter in the time that I’ve worked and volunteered here,” Haynes said.
The shelter takes in any strays that have been picked up in the city and county, Perez said. They hold the animals for a five day period, after which they fall into the shelter’s ownership.
Although the shelter is contracted by the county and funded through the city, they receive extra funding through the Friends of the Animal Shelter organization, according to Perez. The Friends of the Animal Shelter helps with the expenses that go beyond the provided budget.
“(They) help with the extra needs beyond the budget, as far as medical, the extra frou-frou things that make the dogs and cats comfortable here, with the beds, maybe toys, whatever things that go beyond food and water and a roof over their heads,” Perez said.
Their biggest expense is cat litter, especially during the spring when they have more cats, according to Perez.
The shelter is open 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday. All donations are accepted, as well as the time of anyone who is interested in volunteering.