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Animal shelter sets Sunday open houses

NEWARK – The Licking County Animal Shelter will mark the beginning of Sunday afternoon hours with a special community celebration called “Summertime Sundays – Find Your Best Friend” on Sunday July 11th.

Animal shelter office manager John Silva said the idea is to provide another opportunity for shelter volunteers to help people look for their lost pet or find a new best friend. The shelter will have “open house” hours for walk-in customers at the county-operated shelter at 544 Dog Leg Rd. in Heath on Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Silva adds, the new summer Sunday “open house’ hours allows our many volunteers more time to exercise, groom and socialize our animals. This will help them look their “Sunday best” and find a loving home. New, additional county staffing to care for the animals helps make this program possible.

Licking County Humane Agent Paula Evans, who is coordinating the July 11th Super Sunday festivities, says Heath auto dealership Tri County Chrysler Dodge Jeep is sponsoring this Sunday kick-off event. The purpose is to promote volunteerism, and dog or cat adoptions at the County Animal Shelter, and to have a family oriented fun filled day mingling with the furry friends; as well as with the employees, volunteers and the public. The event will feature a cookout with free food and a radio remote with T-100 (WCLT-FM).

The public is invited to attend and learn about pet adoptions from the volunteers and staff. Animals available for adoption will have been vaccinated, and a bio for the animal will provide helpful information. In addition, there will be information on the “First Choice” adoption process, low-cost spay/neuter, lost and found website, responsible pet ownership, and dog licensing.

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