City hosts first-ever pooch 'adopt-a-thon'

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— Twenty-one dogs will be looking for homes this weekend during the city's first-ever dog adopt-a-thon.
The event is being sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter and the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
The adoption drive will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at West Lincoln Park, by the elk statue. The adoption will continue on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
"This is the first time we have done this," said Stacy Hayes, a local animal control officer. "We are so excited. It is going to be awesome."
Dogs that will be up for adoption include nine from the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nation's largest no-kill animal sanctuary based in Kaneb, Utah, and 12 from the local shelter, Hayes said.
The event was coordinated because of the work of Bruce and Mary Styerwalt, who are local volunteers at the shelter, she said.
Prior to moving here from Nevada, the Styerwalts donated a lot of their time helping the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, she said.
Because of their connection with the nonprofit organization, Hayes was put in touch with Chaz Blackmore, the adoption coordinator for the sanctuary.
"We thought an adoption here would be a great idea," Hayes said. "The sanctuary has a lot of older, big dogs. A lot of people out there want smaller dogs.
"Due to our climate, larger dogs fit in well here."
Dogs the sanctuary will be bringing include a husky, chow mixes and Labrador mixes, she said.
Three puppies, all Labrador mixes, will also be brought by the organization, she said.
"All of their dogs are vaccinated, fixed and are microchipped," she said. "They are asking for a $75 donation."
Dogs from the local shelter include four border collie mixes, Labrador mixes and a husky mix, she said.
Dogs from the local shelter will cost $107. The cost breakdown is $80 for spaying or neutering, $10 for a rabies shot, $15 adoption fee and $2 for a license, she said. Prospective adopters will have to fill out an application form.
Those interested in adopting a dog will have the opportunity to view the dog in a park setting.
"People interested will be able to look at the dogs, spend time with them and play with the dogs at the park," she said.
Hayes is hopeful many of the dogs will be adopted during the weekend.
"If we can get half of the dogs adopted, I will be tickled pink," she said. "I hope we get all of them adopted.
"If we don't get them adopted, I will have to make some tough decisions next week. The shelter is overcrowded. I hate making those decisions."
Hayes is also seeking volunteers to help out during the weekend.
"I would love to have anyone come and help out," she said.
For more information about the adoption or to volunteer, call 879-0621 or stop by the shelter, 760 Critter Court.

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail gsalazar@amigo.net

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