By Janice Eck
Pictures by Janice Eck
(Hesperia)– If you have been thinking about adopting a new pet, whether adding to your fur family or starting one, right now is the perfect time. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Rachel Ray have teamed up together for another year in the 2013 ASPCA Rachel Ray 100K Challenge. Hesperia Animal Shelter is one of fifty shelters around the country competing for $600,000 in grants and a grand prize of $100,000. From June through August, Hesperia Animal Shelter’s goal is to adopt out 100 pets per week (that is 1,300 pets during the 13-week challenge) and looks to the High desert Community for help in achieving this goal. The awards will help future pets get ready for adoption by spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and micro-chipping and will also help promote future adoptions through advertising and promotions.
Pet adoption is growing to be the preferred way of finding a pet. Adopting a pet means you are saving a life, but there are other advantages to adopting from a shelter. In an interview, Suzanne Edson, Hesperia Animal Control Supervisor, said, “We promote shelters as a place to adopt as opposed to buying an animal or pet from a pet store or finding it on the street or the newspaper as a free animal and part of the advantage is strictly cost. For instance, our standard adoption fee for a dog is $65 and they come spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and vaccinated. They get food. They get a coupon for a free vet check and for grooming. If you get an animal from the free ad in the newspaper, by the time you get it spayed, neutered, vaccinated and then micro-chipped, it’s going to cost you anywhere from $300 to $700.”
You may think having a pet is not the right choice for you, but pets bring a lifetime of joy and there are plenty of rewards to having a pet in your home. According to Edson, “There are a lot of advantages to having a pet in your household. There’s the advantage of helping kids learn how to care for an animal in learning responsibility. There are exercise benefits for walking a dog. There are studies that have been done that show benefits in lowering your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure, a general well-being for having pets in the household.”
Hesperia Animal Shelter will host an Open House for a family-fun day with prizes and games on Saturday, July 13 from 10am – 2pm. Come out and see all the lovable animals for adoption. Whether a cat person or a dog person, Hesperia Animal Shelter will have a pet for you.
Hesperia Animal Shelter is located at 11011 Santa Fe Avenue. The adoption fee for dogs is $65. The fee for cats is $50. Hours are Monday thru Thursday 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 4pm, and Saturday 10am – 3pm (Saturday hours are through August 31). For more information, visit http://www.cityofhesperia.us/index.aspx?NID=80 or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hesperia-Animal-Shelter/350115428431332?fref=ts