The department does not track animals given as gifts, but they have noticed their adoption numbers have been up, said Sgt. Tony Collum, the department’s facilities manager.
“In the past two weeks we have had a jump in adoptions,” he said.
According to a report from animal control, from Dec. 17 through 24 there were 48 adoptions, including 22 adult dogs, four puppies, seven adult cats and 15 kittens, according to the report. This was up from a typical week of about 15 adoptions.
Animal Control also hosted a special Christmas Eve adoption program at the shelter on Industrial Boulevard North in Dallas, Collum said.
Even though the county government is closed on Christmas Eve, workers volunteer their time every year for the event, he said. This year they had eight adoptions, including four dogs, one cat and three kittens, Collum said.
All of the puppies they had were adopted before Christmas Eve, said road officer supervisor Aileen Culberson,.
“You will see more animals adopted in the Christmas season than in the summer,” she said.
Another incentive for adopting is “Save a Life Tuesday,” he said. The department hosts the event every Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. and allows patrons to adopt an animal scheduled to be euthanized for $10 instead of the normal $50, Collum said.
Animal Control also received donations this year through a special tree in their lobby with a “Paulding County Animal Control Wish List” on it. The list included the department’s needs, Collum said. Patrons would buy the items and bring them back to put under the tree, he said.
“Our monetary donations were through the roof,” Culverson said.
She said the entire lobby was filled with the donations. The list included canned dog and cat food, used hand towels, used sheets and light weight blankets, bleach, white rice, treats, toys, ink pens and a rice cooker. They also received animal clothes, Culverson said.
The department averages about three to four adoptions a day each year, Collum said.
Animal Control now has new hours as well. They are Monday, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday and Friday 2 to 7 p.m. The department is closed on Wednesday and Thursday, according to paulding.gov.