County animal shelter expands evening hours

BATAVIA, Ohio (Oct. 2, 2018) — The Clermont County animal shelter is changing its hours to make it easier for customers to stop by after school or work.

The new hours, which will begin the week of Oct. 8, are:

Wed: Noon – 7 p.m.
Thu: Noon – 7 p.m.
Fri: Noon – 7 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun:  11a.m. – 5 p.m.

The shelter is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The animal shelter is operated by the Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society. Since Clermont Animal CARE began managing the shelter in January, it has taken in 48% more dogs and 104% more cats compared to the same period last year.

Its Live Release program, which includes adoptions, transfers and returns to owner, is up 43% for dogs and 66% for cats. “We have expanded our traditional fostering program to include a ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ and other short-term fostering options to give the community a chance to help in a fun yet important way by giving dogs a chance to get out of the shelter without any long-term commitments,” said Executive Director Carolyn Evans.

Clermont Animal CARE is adding services and resources as part of its commitment to being a pet resource center for the community. It has helped pet owners who are facing financial difficulties with temporary food and housing assistance for pets. The humane society is also working with the UCAN Spay/Neuter Clinic to get owned pets and community cats and neutered. The surgery fee for dogs is $75.

Two spay/neuter specials are available through the end of the year. Cats are just $20 for Clermont County residents, and pit bulls are free, through Dec. 31. UCAN offers free round-trip transportation from the animal shelter the fourth Tuesday of every month. If interested, people should call UCAN directly to schedule at 513.762.0130.