There’s no room at the inn — or rather at the Junction City/Geary County animal shelter.
However, that is expected to change Aug. 17 during Clear the Shelters.
According to shelter Manager Vanessa Gray, Clear the Shelters is a national adoption event meant to encourage people to adopt shelter pets.
“It’s a mission to get all the shelters clear so all the cages are free,” Gray said.
During the event, adoption fees will be reduced to $10 for both cats and dogs. The shelter staff hopes this will encourage people who otherwise might balk at the thought of paying a $100 fee to consider taking a shelter pet into their home.
“Whenever you reduce adoption fees, it gets a lot more people interested in adopting would couldn’t afford the adoption fees,” Gray said.
Applicants for shelter adoptions will still be screened, she said.
According to Gray, the local shelter has a number of pit bulls and pit mixes, which can’t be adopted within Junction City limits due to a breed ban. In fact, Gray partially blames the breed ban for the current high population at the local shelter. Some of them have been in the shelter for an extended period of time, she said, because of the pit bull ban.
“We’re hoping that they find homes outside the of the city during the event, just because we have a few that have sat here for a pretty long time,” Gray said.
Emily Quiles, owner of Miss Emily’s Music School of Manhattan has also offered to cover the price of 10 pit bull adoptions, according to Gray.
Quiles’ business has two certified musical therapy dogs and another in training, all three of which are pit bulls she adopted from the local shelter. The dogs are close to her heart.
“Not to turn this into a whole breed thing, but that is where our passion is and we want the pit bulls to be adopted from the shelter,” Quiles said. “Because they’re full of them right now, in Junction City.”
Gray said there have also been a larger-than-average number of animals found dumped.
“There seems to be a little bit of movement with military and we’re seeing kind of a high (number) of strays that are not claimed or strays that are found in areas that are kind of typical dumping grounds,” she said.
The local shelter has been full of animals for the majority of the summer, according to Gray.
She hopes to see this change during Clear the Shelters.
Gray said there were plans to have vendors at the event, as well. Refreshments will also be available. People who choose to adopt a pet during the event will go home with a small gift bag from the shelter containing things they’ll need for their need for their new pet.
“It’s just going to be a really fun day — snacks, goodies,” Gray said.
Clear the Shelter runs from 1 until 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at the shelter, which is located at 2424 N. Jackson St.