CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Employees at the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association were still hoping for homes for eight dogs that remained up for adoption Wednesday, a week after a distemper outbreak put the facility into fast-forward.
Director Donna Clark said the available dogs ranged in age from 1 to 11 years old. The oldest is Rusty, a Labrador/pit bull mix.
"He's definitely too old to be in the shelter," Clark said. "He's been here since Oct. 22."
Sponsors have fully paid Rusty's adoption fees.
"A lot of people stepped forward to do that," Clark said. "But we do worry about that. We're afraid people will think 'free dog' and not have the money to take care of it."
The adopters must adhere to the shelter's spay-neuter policy within two weeks. Staff will aggressively check up to make sure that's done, Clark said.
Prospective adopters are asked to check out the dogs on the shelter's website or on its Facebook page to make a choice. The public isn't permitted to go back inside the kennels due to efforts to combat the distemper.
The available dogs have been checked by a vet and are determined to be disease-free, but those adopting will still be asked to sign a waiver. Clark said potential adopters might also want to check with their veterinarians to make sure other animals in their homes have been vaccinated before bringing home a shelter dog.
Adopting out the remaining dogs is essential to getting the shelter facilities disinfected. Two dogs were adopted Wednesday. The shelter will continue to allow adoptions until the available dogs are gone.
"The sooner the better," Clark said. "We can't totally clean everything until they are all gone. If we can't find them homes, we'll just have to keep moving them around and do the best we can.
"We are cleaning today, but really until we get all the animals out we can't clean completely," she said.
The shelter will be open for adoptions 1 to 4 p.m. today. The remaining dogs are all fully sponsored and have been vaccinated, Clark said.
The list includes Andy, a sweet-tempered black Labrador; a friendly 45-pound female hound boxer mix; Baby Girl, a very active 2-year-old shepherd hound mix; a people-loving 3-year-old male Rottweiler shepherd mix; a 3-year-old male American Bulldog that needs a single pet home; a super loving 2-year-old male hound mix; and Zelda, a 4-year-old housebroken 45-pound chow shepherd hound mix that has already been spayed.