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Open house to showcase Jefferson County dogs available for adoption

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Todd L. Cummings, county dog control supervisor, sits with Jim Bob, a pit mix, who is one of 12 dogs available for adoption during an open house this weekend at Jefferson County Dog Control on Route 190. (Block)

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
Todd L. Cummings, county dog control supervisor, sits with Jim Bob, a pit mix, who is one of 12 dogs available for adoption during an open house this weekend at Jefferson County Dog Control on Route 190. 

By GORDON BLOCK
GBLOCK@WDT.NET

A wide range of dogs will be available for new homes Sunday during the Jefferson County Dog Shelter’s open house.

“Somebody’s looking for a pit, somebody’s looking for a small dog, and we’ve got a variety here,” said Todd L. Cummings, county dog control supervisor.

Mr. Cummings said there are 12 dogs that will be adoptable during the event, a small dip from previous years. Among them is Jim Bob the pit mix, a stray dog that was found in early October.

“I think it’ll be a sellout,” Mr. Cummings said.

The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shelter, 21897 County Route 190.

Dogs can be adopted for $45, which includes a rabies shot courtesy of the Jefferson County Public Health Department.

The open house day will include tours of the shelter, prize drawings for children, food and refreshments and a visit from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 dogs.

Mr. Cummings said the open house event has grown steadily from its quiet beginnings in 2000, during which about 30 people came out to see the five dogs that were available for adoption. Last year more than 200 people came out to see 21 available dogs.

The open house coincides with National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.

The shelter has contracted with the 22 towns in Jefferson County and the city of Watertown to provide services, holding stray or abandoned animals.

One point of pride pointed out by Mr. Cummings was the high rate of placement for dogs at the shelter.

He said that staff has had to euthanize only 4 percent of the dogs arriving at the shelter this year.

The shelter is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Sundays. More information about the shelter can be found by calling them at 315-779-5900, or emailing countyshelter@co.jefferson.ny.us.

‘Mush!’

Photographer: Patrick Danforth/Evans Mills
Media
: Digital photograph
Camera: Nikon D7000, ISO 200f/5.6 1/600 145mm
Date: Winter 2012
Photographer’s notes: Here is Max, a German shepherd, and Alyson. Max stayed with us at Click to Zen Canine Behavioral Services for training while his rescue searched for a foster home. He was going to be put to sleep in a shelter in Brooklyn. Here he enjoys pulling Alyson on a sled. He loved pulling people on skis, a kick sled and mountain boards. He eventually found a foster home and was adopted.
Editor’s note: Mr. Danforth’s photo won the 2013 Watertown Daily Times Cabin Fever Photo Contest in the outdoor recreation category.

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