Bursting at the seams: Animal shelter urges fostering, adoptions of dogs and cats

Coralee Knippel, the kennel technician at Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, has a heart-to-heart with Mavis, one of the shelter’s friendly, longtime residents looking for a forever home.

SIERRA VISTA — The Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center is offering reduced adoption fees for dogs to help alleviate an influx of pets in the shelter.

They are offering dogs for $50 temporarily until they can reduce the number of dogs at the shelter.

The reduced fee includes spaying or neutering, the first set of vaccinations (including kennel cough and parvo), a complete physical exam, city pet licensing and a microchip implant.

Animal control supervisor Arleen Garcia said they have seen a spike in pet turn-ins lately, and that help from the community is needed.

“If you’ve been thinking about getting a new pet for a while or you’re feeling lonely, just stop by the shelter (and) give a pet an opportunity,” she said. “We also have a foster-to-adopt program for people who are interested in adopting but are not sure. You are able to take a dog home for 30 days to try it out and after 30 days you can either adopt the pet or return it without repercussion.”

The shelter is also looking for foster families to help free up space.

“If they (potential fosters) already own pets, the pets must have their rabies vaccinations and, especially within city limits, they must have current dog licences,” she said. “When we need room, we try to find fosters.”

If the shelter deems it necessary, they will conduct a home inspection of potential foster families.

Anyone interested in fostering must fill out an application at the shelter.

Along with needing help to find homes for dogs, the shelter is looking for volunteers.

They currently need a volunteer photographer to help them photograph adoptable animals and update their Petfinder page, an online directory of adoptable pets.

They are also looking for volunteer dog walkers, cat cuddlers and help cleaning cleaning kennels on Saturdays.

For more information about adoptions, fostering or volunteering, visit www.sierravistaaz.gov/city-departments/police/animal-control or stop at the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m or Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.