Area residents in the market for a new best friend may want to check out the dogs and cats up for adoption Saturday outside the Maysville Rural King store.
Mason County Deputy Judge-Executive Richard Newberry said the Mason County Animal Shelter has partnered with Rural King and will have about eight dogs and several cats on hand for the event beginning at 10 a.m. at the store in the Gateway Plaza in Maysville.
There is no charge to adopt an animal at the event and dogs who will be available have had their parvo vaccinations, Newberry said.
As is often the case in spring and early summer, the animal shelter has been filled to capacity and beyond lately, Newberry said, as the puppy and kitten population increases. While several dogs have been adopted over the past few days or been sent to rescue groups, there is still a need for adoptive families, he said.
The dogs and cats available are of various breeds, mostly mixed, and sizes, Newberry said.
The adoption event is part of efforts over the past few years to bring improvements to the Mason County animal shelter. At one time as many as 100 animals a month may have been euthanized at the shelter but things have changed for the better in recent years, Newberry said, and humanely putting animals down is becoming extremely rare.
If you can’t make the adoption event, consider visiting the Mason County Animal Shelter. It is located at 301 River Drive in Maysville and is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Closed Sunday. Call 606-564-6067.