ELYRIA — There are still animals to be adopted at the Lorain County Dog Kennel but those that are there are no longer in danger of being put down due to overcrowding.
Dog Warden Tim Pihlblad said 13 dogs were adopted Wednesday and five were adopted Thursday after a scare earlier in the week that the kennel would have to start euthanizing dogs because all of the large cages were full.
“It’s been a very good day,” he said. “I don’t want people to think that we’re still in danger of putting dogs down, but we’re definitely still in need of people to come and adopt animals.”
On Tuesday, Pihlblad said more than 11 large dogs were brought to the kennel Monday, likely because of owners leaving gates open and dogs trying to find cooler places on the hot day.
“We’re still having animals dribble in, but nothing like we had on Monday,” he said. “I feel good and I’m sleeping at night now.”
Pihlblad said the reason the kennel often has so many dogs is because the animals get loose and residents didn’t get them a license, which costs $16, at the beginning of the year. After the beginning of February, that cost doubles so when dogs without licenses are reunited with owners at the kennel, they’re charged a redemption fee as well as a $32 license fee.
“If people have a license, then when we pick up the dog we can take it right home to them with no problem,” he said. “But without a license, we have to bring them into the kennel. So we need people who have lost dogs to come in and see if we have them.”
Pihlblad said adoption is the easiest way to help the kennel, which costs $66 per dog, which includes two vaccines as well as spaying or neutering.
“We just really need people to come and check out the dogs and adopt them,” he said.
The Lorain County Dog Kennel, 301 Hadaway St. in Elyria, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays. Contact the shelter at (440) 326-5995.