October is the ASPCA's yearly "Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month," and metro Denver shelters are marking the occasion with reduced fees and other features.
This Saturday, the Denver Animal Shelter is holding "Barktoberfest" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., described as a family and pet-friendly event kicking off a month of reduced dog adoption fees.
Barktoberfest will include a variety of vendors and dog-friendly games, as well as adoptable pets from the Denver Animal Shelter and other pet rescue organizations. Activities will include shelter tours, an adoptable animals parade, bake sale, kids activities, and a photo booth.
There will also be a silent auction and pet competitions for prizes, such as best costume and best dog trick.
Dog adoption fees will be $85 throughout October.
The shelter will also host a low-cost pet vaccination and license clinic from 9:30 a.m. to noon for both dogs and cats. Vaccinations and a 1-year pet license are available for $35, or $55 for a 3-year license. Cats must be in carriers, dogs on a leash. The Denver Animal Shelter is located at 1241 W. Bayaud Avenue.
In Golden, Foothills Animal Shelter is featuring dog adoption specials for the entire month of October. Adoptions (excluding dogs under the age of 6 months) will be 50 percent off. Included in all adoptions are spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip and health check. Visit www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org/Adopt.
The Dumb Friends League is marking the month with $50 off for adult dogs and waived fees for cats.
Check with your local shelter for additional October discounts.
"There are 3 to 4 million dogs living in shelters nationwide who would make a fantastic addition to anybody's family, all they need is a second chance," said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the ASPCA Adoption Center. "During Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, the ASPCA encourages everyone to visit their local shelter, adopt one of these amazing animals or help us spread the word to potential pet owners to make pet adoption their first option."
According to the Colorado Pet Overpoulation Fund, of the 180,000 dogs and cats in Colorado shelters last year, 86,200 were adopted, 31,100 were returned to owners and 26,300 were euthanized.
A group formed this year, No Kill Colorado, is pushing shelters to achieve a live release rate of at least 90 percent.
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