UPDATE: Pets will be available for adoption on Friday
The Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro is searching for a happy ending for 13 dogs and puppies and 14 of the cats turned over to Washington County Animal Services earlier this month.
These furry friends were the victims of the largest animal neglect case in Washington County in four years.
They are available for adoption beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday.
Seven of the dogs are puppies that are about 3 months old. The others are adults. All are Lhasa Apso-mixes. The cats range in age and appearance.
'These are great little dogs and cats that deserve wonderful new homes after what they've been through,' says Deborah Wood, manager of animal services.
The animals that are up for adoption have received flea treatments and extensive grooming. Some received medication for skin problems and other issues.
'We're really looking for the public's help," Wood says. "This case has doubled our number of dogs up for adoption and has increased our cats up for adoption by 50 percent.'
Are you interested in learning more about adopting a pet?
Here's what you need to know:
• Adoption fee: $150 for dogs, $10 for adult cats, $80 for kittens (younger than a year old).
• Includes: spay/neuter, up-to-date on vaccines, microchip, one-year Washington County dog license (dogs), testing for Feline AIDS and Feline Leukemia (cats).
• Adoption hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday noon to 5:30 p.m.; closed Sunday.
• Additional things to remember: If you have children 11 and younger, they must meet the dog or cat as part of the adoption process - we need to be sure that the children and the pet are a match. For dog adoptions, bring your current dogs in the household (if you have dogs) for a meet and greet - all family members have to get along.
Adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified adopters. Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter cannot do 'holds' - so come prepared to adopt when you arrive, Wood says.
The animals are at the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter, 1901 S.E. 24th Ave. in Hillsboro (on the Tualatin Valley Highway right by Lowe's and the Home Depot).
Other animals from the case
There are other cats and dogs from the case that are still in too fragile condition to go up for adoption, with a variety of physical and behavioral problems, Wood adds. The shelter is working on long-term foster or rescue options for those animals.
"This will be a happy ending for many of the animals that have been through so much," she says.
For more information, call 503-846-4071.