Carol Scott, treasurer of the Humane Society of Moffat County, has a surefire remedy for anyone feeling lonely on Valentine’s Day today.
“Find love. Adopt a shelter animal,” Scott said. “Then, you can have a Valentine every day.”
Throughout the month, Scott said the Humane Society is offering reduced-price adoptions. The adoptions, which are normally $115, are $60 for the rest of the month.
The fee covers spaying or neutering and full vaccinations. Dog licenses are sold separately through the city of Craig.
There are currently six dogs and nine cats available at the Craig Animal Shelter, located within Bear Creek Animal Hospital at 2430 E. Victory Way.
In addition to the $60 fee, Scott said potential adopters must fill out a questionnaire and an adoption form.
“It’s not as complicated as some shelters,” Scott said of the adoption process.
Scott said the promotion has been helpful in finding homes for the shelter animals.
“There were four adopted this week,” Scott said. “Including this one.”
Scott pointed to a small, one-eyed Pomeranian mix named Elway.
Elway was adopted by Ann Anderson, vice president of the Humane Society of Moffat County and a part-time kennel tech at the shelter.
“I didn’t think he’d have a very good chance,” Anderson said of Elway. “We had a lot of small dogs at the time, and he had too much competition.
“Plus, he’s missing an eye and he’s old.”
Anderson said the Humane Society is also seeking volunteers for Saturday work at the shelter.
The volunteers, she said, will get hands-on experience.
“Walking dogs is the number one priority,” Anderson said. “Then, there’s socializing cats — getting them out of the kennels and playing with them and interacting with them.
“And then, (volunteers) will play with the dogs, and maybe work on commands.”
Anderson said additional duties may include bathing and grooming dogs.
For more information on volunteering at the shelter, contact Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.