SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Clark County is hoping to find stray dogs their forever homes for the holidays.
For the first time, the Clark County Dog Shelter held a ‘Angels for Christmas’ fundraiser, asking for donations to sponsor its adoptable dogs.
Sandi Click, the chief dog warden and shelter director for Clark County, said she’s been impressed by the community’s willingness to support any need over the past year.
“It’s been amazing,” she said. “Whenever we’ve put a call out for food, for supplies, for vet work for dogs, they have stepped forward.”
This holiday season the shelter raised more than $5,000, which covered veterinarian and micro-chipping expenses for almost all of the dogs. Because donations cover the majority of adoption costs, the shelter is able to offer families an adoption for the $20 cost of a state animal license.
Click is hoping the lower price will encourage more families to consider adoption during the holiday season.
“With the sponsorship program, you’re able to say, ‘Hey 20 bucks? Yeah I can adopt a dog right now.’ It’s got everything done,” she said.
Click emphasized the shelter is seeking serious adopters, who will be vetted and reminded about the lifetime commitment to caring for the animal.
“If we do hear anything about our dogs being mistreated, we will definitely go back and check on that dog,” she said.
As of Wednesday, the Dog Shelter had more than 30 available dogs for adoption. You can see photos of them and read about their stories here.
The shelter is located at 5201 Urbana Road in Springfield. It’s open Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. You can also phone the shelter at (937) 521-2140.