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Reduced Pet Adoption Fees Available During March Madness Event

Event date: Monday, February 25, 2013, at 10:03 AM

February 25, 2013 – Animal Services is pleased to be hosting March Madness, a month-long campaign where pet adoption fees will be reduced to $50 per animal in an effort to increase the number of adoptions and minimize euthanasia when the shelter is at capacity.

Interested residents can visit Animal Services on Saturday, March 2 from 12 noon – 4 pm for an Open House to kick-off March Madness.

“There will be a variety of cats and dogs to see who are waiting for their forever families,” said Jody Kondrat, Supervisor of Animal Services. “We will also have, prizes, balloons, cake and refreshments, as well as pet photos with proceeds going to New Hope Dog Rescue and Kitty Kare Feline Rescue.”

Kondrat added that when an animal is adopted from Animal Services, two lives are saved; the animal that is adopted and the incoming animal that needs room at the Shelter.

“We want to encourage people to take a second look at the animals being offered here by reducing the fee to $50 per animal for the entire month of March.”

City Council gave the Licensing & Enforcement Division the authority in October 2012 to temporarily reduce adoption fees when the number of cats or dogs in the Thunder Bay Animal Services Shelter is at or near capacity; or in situations where cats or dogs in the shelter do not meet Animal Services general adoption criteria (for example, animals that have medical issues).

Adoption fees include spay/neuter, vaccinations, micro-chipping, deworming, parasite treatment and six weeks of complimentary insurance from PetSecure.

For more information or to see the latest animals available for adoption, visit

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Contact: Jody Kondrat, Manager – Animal Services, 684-3210