Animal rescue offering reduced fee to adopt hounds

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - One local animal rescue is seeing so many of the same types of dogs and cats, it's offering specials to encourage more adoptions. Hounds and black cats are filling Richmond Animal League right now.

Just last night, the Chesterfield RAL took in six more hounds from Caroline County bringing the overall number up to about two dozen. Leaders here hope a reduced fee will help in finding homes for these dogs. RAL is housing dozens of hounds right now.

"We have small hound dogs, medium hound dogs, and large hound dogs," said Amy McCracken of RAL. "It's not uncommon this time of year as we come to the end of hunting season; many, many hounds and beagles get picked up.

"We brought six dogs in from Caroline County last night; three of them we think were hunting dogs," she added. "They have some evidence of that; one has a number painted on his side, but the other are just little love beagles that just want to go home."

Because of the influx, for at least the rest of this month -- the adoption fee for a hound is just $50.  It's normally $125.

RAL hopes people will be encouraged to come in and meet these dogs for themselves -- dispelling common misconceptions.

"The myths that hound dogs howl all the time or that they dig or that they smell, that's just not true," McCracken said. "Yes, we have some hound dogs that howl, but they are not all like that; they are getting a bad rap."

Black cats are also in high capacity and low demand at RAL, so in preparation for kitten season, you can get a black cat or kitten right now for $75.

RAL says it knows the fee isn't the only consideration when a person is looking to adopt a pet, but it can be a factor, so these special prices may help.

For more information about this story and Richmond Animal League, visit the Chesterfield Community page.

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