Shel­ter cel­e­bra­tion to of­fer cheap adop­tions

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana Guthrie

The Bryant An­i­mal Shel­ter will hold its 20th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion Satur­day with snacks, demon­stra­tions and, of course, the chance to adopt a new best fur friend.

“Twenty is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone,” said Bryant An­i­mal Con­trol Di­rec­tor Tri­cia Power. “We are ex­cited about the work that we’ve done and we want to high­light some of that.”

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. The shel­ter is lo­cated at 25700 In­ter­state 30 N. in Bryant

Ac­cord­ing to Power, the shel­ter usu­ally has an open house in Novem­ber, but this year it is adding Satur­day’s event in or­der for it to co­in­cide with the 20th an­niver­sary of the shel­ter’s open­ing.

“Our doors will be opened and peo­ple will be able to come and see be­hind the scenes of the shel­ter,” Power said. “We will have dis­plays where peo­ple can get hand­son with some of our equip­ment. The kids re­ally like that. They learn how to set a hu­mane trap and how to op­er­ate some of our an­i­mal con­trol de­vices that help keep us and the an­i­mals safe.”

An­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers will be on hand for demon­stra­tions of equip­ment and to an­swer any ques­tions that

par­ty­go­ers have about how the shel­ter op­er­ates. Peo­ple will also be able to see in­side the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s trucks.

“Of course, we will have pets for adop­tions,” Power said.

The shel­ter will also be re­duc­ing adop­tion fees for the cel­e­bra­tion. All adop­tion fees will be $20 in honor of the shel­ter’s 20th birth­day.

Power has been with the shel­ter for the past 20 years, so this is also a sig­nif­i­cant time for her.

“As the city has grown, our de­part­ment has grown,” Power said. “We are still only four full-time em­ploy­ees, so (the de­part­ment) is still rel­a­tively small. It’s one of the smallest de­part­ments in the city, but we are still pretty proud of the fact that we’ve been able to work well with the pub­lic and we’ve re­ceived so much sup­port over the years in good times and bad. This is our way of say­ing ‘thank you.’”

Power said that any­one con­sid­er­ing adopt­ing a pet re­ally needs to take stock of their lifestyles and whether they have the time, fi­nances and most of all, room in their heart for a new mem­ber of the fam­ily.

“They need to make sure that they are ready to adopt,” Power said. “They want to con­sider how many hours a day they work and what they are phys­i­cally able to do. If they have a very ac­tive life­style then an ac­tive dog or even a puppy may be great. They will be able to give that an­i­mal what it needs.”

Power sug­gested those that work more spo­radic shifts or longer hours may want to con­sider adopt­ing a cat.

“Look past what they look like,” Power said. “It’s not about how cute they are. If (you) are not able to give them what they need, it’s not go­ing to be a good match. Look past the phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness of the an­i­mal and look at what they need com­pared to what you are are able to give them.

By adopt­ing a shel­ter pet, Power be­lieves that both sides re­ceive some­thing pos­i­tive

“I al­ways say that adopted an­i­mals are the best be­cause they re­ally do, I think, un­der­stand that you helped them,” Power said. “That you saved them. I think they show so much ap­pre­ci­a­tion.”

Power said that one of her fa­vorite things about work­ing at the shel­ter is that she gets to be part of each fam­ily that adopts an an­i­mal and that it warms her heart when peo­ple con­tin­u­ally re­turn to the shel­ter to adopt more an­i­mals be­cause they have had pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences with adop­tion.

“We are pretty proud of the lives that we have saved and all of the work that we’ve done,” Power added.

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