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Despite rainy weather, dozens show up to the Johnson City Library's pet adoption event

Jonathan Roberts • Apr 20, 2019 at 11:07 PM

Dozens came out to the Johnson City Public Library on Saturday morning for a pet adoption event co-hosted by the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter and the library’s Stories to Service teen volunteers.

The library’s Jones Meeting Room was filled with prospective adopters, even as heavy rains prevented the animal shelter from bringing dogs for adoption. Still, kittens proved to be popular with those in attendance, with everyone from children to adults waiting in line to hold and play with the kittens.

“It’s vital to the shelter (to have adoption events) and to the animals to get exposure and for the community to know we’re here,” said Ruth Livingston, a volunteer with the animal shelter.

Livingston also noted that despite the dogs not making an appearance Saturday, that may have been for the best as — for the first time — the shelter has more dogs than cats. But with ‘kitten season’ getting ready to begin, that may not last long. During that time, the shelter is expected to see upward of 1,000 cats and kittens come in, making Saturday’s event all the more important.

At least one person, Elizabeth Renfro, put in an adoption application, saying she was “excited,” as she had been looking for a new cat for the past week.

“I wasn’t expecting to (try to) adopt (coming into the event), but we’d been looking for about a week, going to different shelters, to see if we could find something to add to our home,” Renfro said.

Also among the kittens and people was a mini art gallery, with 17 paintings of different dogs and cats painted by the library’s Stories to Service teen volunteers, who also helped plan the event itself.

“Every single event (the library) have had, (the teen volunteers) have had a new opportunity to learn something different,” said Katelyn Wolfe, the teen services manager at the library. “For this event, they had a special workshop where they got to paint portraits of some of the shelter’s pets.”

In addition to the cats and portraits, the shelter had a poster board with pictures and biographies of over 40 animals currently at the shelter on display, with hopes that somebody who’s at the event will adopt one of those animals as well.

“There’s certain dogs (and cats) that end up getting overlooked,” said Livingston. “That’s why we bring pictures and tell a little bit about the (animals).”

With a multitude of dogs and cats expected to arrive at the shelter over the summer, Livingston noted that the shelter desperately needs fosters — especially for cats. Aside from fosters, the shelter is always looking for food, toys and treats for cats and dogs. More information can be found on its website, wcjcanimalshelter.org.

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