Miner Editorial | County shelter bursting with animals

There’s no such thing as a “no vacancy” sign at the Mohave County Animal Shelter. The shelter, as a service to citizens, is what is known as an “open intake” shelter. Simply put, they won’t say no when someone shows up to surrender an animal.

But make no mistake, the shelter is full, with some dogs doubled up in kennels. It’s something that’s happening throughout Arizona and Nevada, according to Nicole Mangiameli, the local shelter manager.

The local shelter, which has adopted a “no-kill ethic,” sends as many animals as possible to no-kill rescues, but those facilities, too, are experiencing an influx of animals.

Mangiameli speculates that economic disruptions from COVID-19 are forcing many to move, and surrender their animals in the process. But, she added, “there could be many circumstances contributing to this problem.”

While the cause may be murky, the solution is clear.

This town has a long tradition of stepping up when the chips are down at the shelter. Now it’s time to do it again.

There are a number of ways you can help.

The obvious choice, if you have room in your home and your heart, is to adopt one or more of the animals.

You can even do it on the cheap with the Friends of Mohave County Animal Shelter currently subsidizing some adoptions. All dogs over 30 pounds or more than 1 year old can currently be adopted for $40, while cats and kittens cost just $25.

But another way you can help, and make sure that there’s room at the animal inn, is to foster animals.

You provide temporary shelter, and help socialize the animals, making them more likely to be adopted into a permanent home.

“This is why fostering has a very large impact on adoption rates; a happier animal goes to a family faster,” Mangiameli explained. “And it makes temporary room in the shelter so we can take in more; as many as we have to.”

The shelter is located at 950 Buchanan St. in Kingman. You can visit and adopt animals between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Anyone interested in fostering dogs, cats, puppies or kittens can call 928-753-2727 for more information.

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