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Kingman shelter's new manager eager to increase adoptions

Piper (above) is a three-month-old female lab mix at the shelter.

Piper (above) is a three-month-old female lab mix at the shelter.

KINGMAN - Lisa Snyder is the new operations manager at Western Arizona Humane Society-Kingman, and she's bringing changes with her aimed at increasing cat and dog adoptions at the shelter. She started many of these programs when she worked at the Yavapai Humane Society in Prescott. Snyder has worked as a vet tech, for American Express, and been in the military. She has a diverse background and it's always come back to helping animals.

There are several new programs in place or in the works that make it easier to adopt than ever before. One program is called "Furrever Young at Heart," which allows people 65 and over to adopt pets from the shelter 5 years old or older for $15 (cats) or $25 (dogs). The "New Buddies" program lets people adopt one animal and take its kennel mate home for free. The two animals will have already proven to get along and it helps open up kennel space at the small shelter.

New owners are still screened to ensure animals go to a good home. Snyder mentioned a "New Buddies" adoption that happened recently that involved a trucker and his wife. The trucker liked one dog in a kennel, his wife liked the other. Through the Buddy program they could adopt both dogs for the price of one. One will travel with him and the other will stay home. It was a win/win situation for all involved and made easier by the new program. Snyder said there have been about 15 pairs of dogs adopted in three weeks.

Right now, there are several events going on to foster more adoptions. All dogs and cats are only $20 through the end of July. The New Buddies program still applies. In addition to all this, the shelter features "Pets of the Week," which consist of adoptable pets that have been at the shelter for a long time. They are free to a good home, and like all shelter animals they are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and licensed. There is also currently a contest for two Adirondack chairs and a gift basket. Call the office or drop by to find out more. Proceeds benefit special needs animals at the shelter.

In addition to all these, the shelter is working to make it easier for people to find lost pets. They are taking photos of found dogs and posting them on several websites so that owners of lost pets can search through the database. Visit westernarizonahumane.org or find Western Arizona Humane Kingman on Facebook, among other places, to search. Please bring the lost pet's license, ID, and records when coming to claim an animal. WAHS Kingman also plans to offer opportunities for people to come walk dogs and play with cats soon and encourages people to contact them if interested.

The shelter is open Monday through Saturday. The office is open at 8 a.m. and kennels open at 10 a.m. Both close at 5 p.m. Call 928-753-2727 for more information or visit the website.