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Animal Control Advises You To Be Ready Before Adopting A Pet

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The Missoula Animal Control is always encouraging people to adopt a pet, but supervisors say with the travel and festivities that come with the holidays, you should think it through before adopting an animal this season. Animal control workers say while their goal is to get as many animals adopted as possible. They just want to make sure those animals go to the right home.

Officials with Missoula Animal control say it's very common for animals to get placed in a home with an unfit owner. This was the case for Hannah, a two-year-old basenji-mix.

"Hannah has a cool story," said Jeff Darrah the Missoula City-County animal control supervisor.

Hannah first came to the Missoula Animal Shelter a year ago, and was soon adopted. A microchip was put in Hannah as part of the adoption process.

"We ended up getting a call from a shelter in California where a person had surrendered a dog that had been adopted from us," Darrah said.

Shelter attendants worked to get Hannah back to Missoula. They said her owner was clearly unfit.

"She is a dog who is needing a home, and she's a great dog," Darrah said.

The shelter is home to many more animals this Christmas. Many of them need extra care, like 12-year-old Daisy, who underwent intense treatment after she arrived at the center with a severe dental disease.

"A lot of our animals aren't puppies or kittens, their older animals," Darrah said.

Right now animal control has 20 dogs, but they say you should think before adopting a dog.

"We don't encourage people to pick up a dog or cat to give out as a Christmas gift unless we've really thought it through, and are ready to make them a full-time member of their family," Darrah said.

If you're interested in adopting, Darrah said to make sure the animal fits in with you and your family and other pets, and decide if you can take care of their health needs.

He said they do have a lot of empty kennels right now, which means more animals have a home this holiday. If you feel ready to adopt a pet, head to Missoula Animal Control's website.

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