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Animals Need Adopting

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The Butte-Silver Bow Animal Shelter asks people who are thinking about adopting a pet to consider getting one through a local shelter.

Alastair the dog is waiting for a loving family to adopt him, and so are the 100 or so other animals living here at the Butte Silver Bow animal shelter.

Approximately 40 cats rescued last month from very poor living conditions at a home on Delaware Avenue will soon enter the adoption pool. Adoptions are necessary to prevent overcrowding in the facility.

"It's imperative to our success, I mean just to be able to get animals out into new homes and continue to take care of all the animals we do as they're coming in," said Jacki Casagranda who runs the animal house.

Casagranda says it's a revolving door of pets. "Constant new faces. We get one in two out, two in, one out, just constantly," said Casagranda.

Although most people would like to adopt a puppy or kitten because they're so cute the animal shelter says it's also important to adopt full-grown animals. Those are the ones that are often overlooked.

These animals need human interaction on a daily basis to avoid becoming feral and that's where volunteers come in to play.

"I mostly just pet the cats, I hang out with them, play with them, keep them introduced to humans and stuff. I also play with some of the dogs," said Thea Zelonis who volunteers at the shelter.

Having daily contact with animals also serves another purpose. Zelonis says, "they get depressed and that can cause heath issues too."

Tuesday McKee, 15, says she contributes to the animal shelter to honor her mother's love for animals. "She died and so every year we come to the animal shelter on her birthday and bring food for the cats and the dogs," said McKee.

If you want to add a furry friend to your family, Casagranda says to think adoption first. "Stop by you never know when you're going to meet your new best friend," said Casagranda.

The animal shelter is always looking for volunteers to walk the dogs, help with feeding and keep the animals company. If you're interested in volunteering all ages are welcome. However, you must be over the age of 16 to come without an adult and at least 18 years old to be a dog walker.


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