6/18/2014 8:36:00 AM Animal Shelter adoptions happen in variety of ways
Chino Valley Animal Shelter dogs enjoy an adoption outing at a recent Woofstock event.
By Dave Morefield Special to the Review
Most adoptions of dogs from Chino Valley Animal Shelter (CVAS) happen after someone sees a cute face or a frisky wiggle on the shelter's Petfinder or Adopt-a-pet pages on the Web. Each dog has a page that includes behavioral information, photographs and in many cases a video.
In addition, thanks to dedicated volunteers, some adoptions occur at off-site locations throughout the quad-cities.
Once each month Olsen's Grain, here in Chino, welcomes CVAS dogs available for adoption, along with their volunteer handlers. Usually two or more volunteers will each take a dog from the shelter and set up a table in front of the store.
Another regular monthly venue is Whiskers Barkery, located at 225 West Gurley Street in Prescott, across from the Gurley Street Grill.
Dogs have also been adopted during occasional outings to Petco, when volunteers are available. The constant flow of pedestrians and the presence of unfamiliar dogs enable the volunteers to observe and note their dogs' behavior. It's also a good way to publicize the existence of CVAS, which isn't nearly as well known as the much larger shelter in Prescott.
Several volunteers also took dogs and publicity materials to the recent Woofstock event, sponsored by Prescott Dog magazine, in Prescott Valley. The volunteers enjoyed the outing, held on the grassy grounds of the Civic Center, as did the dogs. Even though there was only one adoption, it was a fun day for all.
"These week-end outings are time consuming, and there's no guarantee of an adoption", said Adoption Specialist, Grace Rentschler. "Because of our limited work hours we couldn't do them as often without our volunteers."
"Some of our volunteers enjoy taking dogs on these field trips and choose to specialize in this one activity," added Adoption Specialist Bethany Steinmann. "These outings give us a chance to see how our dogs behave out in the real world."
Subject to availability of volunteers and staff the following is the off-site event schedule through the month of July. All times are 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Whisker's Barkery - Sat., June 21
Olsen's Grain - Sat., July 5
Whisker's Barkery - Sat., July 19,
For more information regarding Chino Valley Animal Shelter, especially in regard to volunteering, call Grace or Bethany at (928) 636-4223, ext. 7.
For Animal Control matters, such as a dog running loose or to report a bite, contact Officer A. Olander through Yavapai County Sheriff Dispatch at (928) 771-3260.