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Humane society trims adoption fees Friday
Fees cut by 50 percent
Cheryl Mack takes Abigail, a Red Bone hound, for a walk at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia Wednesday. - photo by Tom Reed

In the spirit of Black Friday, the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia will be cutting 50 percent off of the adoption fee for all pets at the shelter.

Typically $100 per animal, the adoption fee will be $50 on Friday. The shelter will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"It's the biggest retail day of the year, and we thought it'd be fun to sort of have an adoption special here at the Humane Society and just encourage people to come out and look at some of the animals here and hopefully move them into a new home for the holidays," said Julie Edwards, director of development and marketing for the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia.

All animals at the shelter will be eligible for the adoption special on Friday.

"As with other adoptions specials we've done, now that we no longer euthanize based on an animal's duration of stay or the space at the shelter, we have to be a lot more creative about trying to get the animals new homes and find them forever homes outside the shelter," Edwards said.

All adoptable animals are current on vaccinations and medications, and are spayed or neutered.

Though many people will be starting their Christmas shopping Friday, Edwards said the Humane Society discourages people from giving pets as surprise gifts.

"We will do a gift certificate for an adoption fee," Edwards said. "They can come back and find the animal that's a perfect fit for them and their lifestyle. We want to make sure it's a good fit and becomes a very positive thing for the animal and the pet owner."

There is other shopping that can be done at the Humane Society.

"We have a small store here. A lot of pet companies donate items to us and volunteers donate things and we sell those, and all that money goes back to the shelter," Edwards said.

The Humane Society has gifts for pets and animal lovers such as candy cane raw hide chews, collars and stockings stuffed with dog toys.

"It's very low cost and all goes back to support the shelter," Edwards said.

Edwards said the Humane Society has had success with its recent promotions. Last month, the shelter offered a special adoption fee for black dogs. They were able to find homes for some of the larger, adult black dogs that had been at the shelter for several months, she said.

"We definitely plan on continuing these kind of things in the future, in observation maybe of different events or just doing fun things to spotlight a specific breed or fur color of an animal just so we can bring attention to the adoptions," Edwards said.