At a place where guests aren’t looking for a long stay, the Wood County Dog Shelter is now taking reservations.
The shelter is rolling out a new policy next month that will allow people and rescue organizations to reserve dogs while making arrangements to bring them home.
Andrew Snyder, chief dog warden, explained his proposed change to commissioners this week. They did not act but are expected to approve the policy, which may take effect March 1.
“Essentially what we created was a process by which they could submit requests for certain dogs to indicate to us that they would like that dog. It’s essentially a hold on that animal, so whoever submits the first hold is the one who is going to get the dog first,” Snyder said.
Those interested in adopting a dog can reserve the animal by calling or emailing the shelter. Requests submitted by email must be followed up with a phone call.
A hold placed on a dog that is currently available is effective for one day, and a hold on a dog not yet available lasts until one day after it becomes available. The time the shelter is required to hold an animal before making it available for adoption depends on factors such as the breed and whether the dog came in wearing a license.
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