In order to increase adoption opportunities, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Animal Shelter will start opening, for adoptions only, two Saturdays out of the month.
Pet surrenders will not be accepted on Saturdays, shelter manager Wendy Ivey said. “We will now open to the public every first and third Saturday of each month.” Hours will be from noon to 3 p.m., she said.
She hopes the opportunity will encourage those who cannot make it during the week to come adopt pets needing homes.
“Thanks to our (Bulloch County) commissioners for approving more part time employees, I was able to finally give Saturday hours a go,” she said. “Due to this change, we have high hopes that this will give a big increase in our adoption numbers.”
Many cannot make the trip to the shelter during the week due to work and other conflicts, she said.
“We feel (Saturday hours twice a month) will offer the public … more time to meet our animals and consider adoption for their families.”
The bi-monthly Saturday hours also creates more chances to volunteer, she said.
“We are hopeful we can get more people to adopt,” said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn. The shelter operates under the umbrella of Bulloch County Public Safety.
According to recent reports, usually there are about 50 cats and 50 dogs housed in the shelter at any given time. Many of the animals are approved and available for adoption weekly.