Animal Services shows off its critters

rboone@theolympian.comOctober 7, 2013 

It was a typical Saturday at Animal Services on Martin Way in Olympia — except for the coffee, cookies, plenty of extra staffing and hundreds of visitors dropping in to possibly adopt a dog, a cat or some other animal.

The shelter, which serves all Thurston County, participated in a statewide open house organized by Pawsitive Alliance, a nonprofit that wants to highlight the work being done at animal shelters.

It apparently was a good day to adopt an animal; more than 400 people had passed through the doors by midday.

The only two dogs available for adoption — Animal Services director Susanne Beauregard said the past week was a good week for dogs — were spoken for early in the day. But there were also cats, kittens, rabbits and guinea pigs for visitors to hold, cuddle and consider for adoption.

Anne Marshall of Olympia held a black kitten, similar to one she adopted from Animal Services almost 20 years ago. That kitten, who lived to be 181/2, was named Hollyterra, a play on the expression “holy terror” because of the cat’s demeanor.

“She was a wild girl,” Marshall said.

Marshall added that she has been a longtime supporter of Animal Services.

Animal Services has a staff of 18 and is the shelter, adoption site and enforcement agency for animal-related issues in the county, including neglect or abuse, local animal-related ordinances or animal-at-large issues.

Stray animals are brought to the shelter, as well as pets whose owners can no longer take care of them.

Animal Services also is an intake center for exotic birds and other animals.

For the year, Beauregard expects just under 7,000 animals will pass through the door.

About half will find permanent homes. Other animals, such as kittens and puppies, can be placed with foster homes, where they can recover from injuries or be socialized for future adoption.

The shelter also puts down animals when necessary, she said.

Beauregard said cats can be adopted for $62, which includes spaying or neutering, a round of shots, a microchip and a license. For dogs, it’s $82, including many of the same services, she said.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com

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