FORSYTH COUNTY -- More than 30 dogs and puppies were rescued from what were described as “deplorable conditions” from a home in north Forsyth in February
Two months later, 22 of those were adopted from the Forsyth County Animal Shelter during an adoption event. The rest didn’t stay long.
“They all got adopted,” said Jeanie Curphey, shelter manager. “We have a lot of adoptions, and they were cute and little dogs.”
Though those particular puppies have found forever homes, Curphey said plenty of other animals are available to be adopted at the shelter. She said it is an especially busy time for young animals.
“It is kitten season and puppy season, so we have a lot of puppies. We had one mom that had, like, 11 puppies and they’re all up for adoption,” she said. “We have tons of kittens. We’re getting, like, 30 kittens a week.”
Overall, she said there were about 40 dogs currently at the shelter and “twice as many” cats.
Curphey said that the warm weather brought its own challenges.
“Summertime is really busy,” she said. “It’s been a little bit slower starting this year, and I think that’s because of the cool weather [earlier in the year]. We have actually seen kittens coming in two or three weeks older, and that’s because the moms were probably keeping them hidden longer.”
Included in those challenges are items that the shelter needs, which change depending on the week.
“On our Facebook, we post wish lists all the time. On our website we have a wish list. We can always use donations. Whatever you think of that your dog or cat might want, our shelter can use,” Curphey said. “Also, people should just come and volunteer. We always need volunteers.”
The shelter opened in August 2014, and Curphey said that the center has been well received by the public.
“The community has been really supportive of us and really helping with adoptions and things like that,” she said. “It’s excellent that more and more people know that we’re here. We have beautiful animals and we take really good care of them, so we’re just as good an option as anyone else to come get your new animal.”
Adoptable animals, wish list items and more information can be found online at forsythco.com/Departments-Offices/Animal-Shelter.
The animal shelter is at 4065 County Way. Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The facility is closed on Sundays and Mondays.