MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) The Mobile County Animal Shelter is rebounding. This comes after nearly 50 dogs were euthanized because of distemper.
A spokesperson stated three dogs showed signs of the disease in January. An investigation reveal a lack of policies to handle the out break, lead to the deaths. Now the Mobile County Animal Shelter is trying to gain the trust of the public again.
Four-month-old Starla is a stray hound mix looking for a place to call home, and her dreams may come true this weekend.
"We have sponsor adoptions and what that means it that we have people that will sponsor. So if a dog was 65 and somebody sponsored $10, they will pay their reduced amount," said Animal Resource Supervisor Andrew Stubbs.
The Shelter will host the March Madness Adoption Event this Saturday.
"That's basically for adopters. If you adopt a dog, we will give you a chance to shoot a basket and you get a prize," said Stubbs. "We've had a lot of bad stuff in the news lately about the shelter."
For the animal shelter, it is a time to gain the public's trust since the distemper outbreak.
"One thing the shelter has been doing since the distemper outbreak, we have a vet that comes every day every morning to make recommendations on every animal in the shelter," said Stubbs.
Now 40 dogs and 10 cats will be available for adoption Saturday.
"We're just trying to promote the shelter but also trying to give the animals a second chance," said Stubbs.
During the event, the shelter will also provide CPR demonstrations, a rabies clinic, and discounted adoption fees for potential owners.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To see photos of the dogs and cats available for adoption this weekend, CLICK HERE