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Animal Shelter Hours Change to Make Adoption More Convenient
December 19, 2013 by Ann Wishart | No Comments

Geauga County may be experiencing the dog days of winter.The county animal shelter on Merritt Road in Claridon Township has 12 dogs seeking homes and…

Geauga County may be experiencing the dog days of winter.
The county animal shelter on Merritt Road in Claridon Township has 12 dogs seeking homes and few adoptions occurring, Geauga County Dog Warden Matt Granito told the Geauga County Commissioners last Thursday.
“Lately adoptions have been slowing down,” Granito said.
Changing the hours the shelter is open for business might give those homeless dogs and cats a better chance at finding a warm hearth, he said.
“We’ve noticed a lot of people coming in on Sundays. People come in after church,” he said.
Although the shelter has been “closed” on Sundays, if one of the shelter’s three employees is there to feed and clean, they try to accommodate the visitors, Granito said.
For three years, the shelter has been open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in hopes folks would stop by for a pet after work, but that hasn’t proven to increase adoption numbers, he said.
Also, community members have suggested different hours would be more convenient, Granito said in his letter to the commissioners.
He proposed closing the shelter at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and keeping it open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
The shelter is already open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and it is closed on Thursdays.
Commissioners OK’d the request.
Commissioner Blake Rear asked if some advertising might increase adoption figures and Granito said about half the people who adopt say they saw an ad in a weekly local shopper.
Those ads are sponsored, so they don’t cost the county anything, but they are seen mostly in the southeastern part of the county, he said.
“We need to start branching out into other areas,” he said.
The shelter exchanges adoptable dogs with Rescue Village in Russell Township because people looking to adopt usually go to the closest shelter, Granito said.
And, when he has extra kennel space, dogs are brought in from Cuyahoga and Portage county shelters to avoid overcrowding that otherwise would lead to euthanasia, he said.
Those programs give potential adopters more selection.
Granito also asked the commissioners to work out a more equitable pay or comp-time system for shelter employees regarding holidays and County Administrator Dave Lair said policy changes are being worked on and Granito’s issues will be addressed as well.
See the latest dog adoption list on page B12.

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