Animals in need: Shelter has new faces

Published 7:25 pm Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Animal control officer Brandon James tends to one of the puppies looking for a new home.

Although intakes have slowed this winter, the Atmore/PCI Animal Shelter never stops looking for good homes for pets.

The busy season for intakes into the shelter is late spring and early summer, where the shelter can see anywhere from five to 20 intakes a day, said shelter manager Susanne Sirmon.

“From April to October we brought in 110 to 115 a month,” she said. “We ran our hinnies off.”

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Recently though, the shelter has seen an uptick in adoptions and inquiries from as far away as Atlanta.

Sirmon said the increase in adoptions could stem from the shelter including spaying and neutering with the adoption fee.
“They are given the option to come back for it if the animal is not old enough at the time of adoption,” she said.

The shelter also takes care of an animals first round of shots, including rabies if the animal is old enough.

As of Monday afternoon, the shelter had 11 dogs, which has allowed the shelter to cut down the number of dogs that have to be put down.

“Nobody like euthanasia,” Sirmon said. “That’s the downside of the job. Nobody likes doing it to a healthy animal.”

Anyone interested in adopting a pet can call the shelter at (251) 368-0859 or find them on Facebook.

The Atmore/PCI Animal Shelter is located at 206 Cindebran Drive, just off U.S. Highway 31 in Atmore. Pets can be viewed and adopted Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 1 and 4 p.m.