Summertime popular for pet adoptions, shelters seeing influx of animals

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) --  School's out for summer and the kids might be getting a little bored halfway through the break. Summer seems to be a popular time for pet adoptions, and while a lot of animals are finding forever homes, there are still plenty of animals who need love.

"We've had him over a year," said Debbie Dodd, the director of A New Leash on Life.  Dodd pointed at a big dog she calls Hap. "He was emaciated and in really rough shape but he's doing great now, he's fat and happy now and he needs a home without kitty cats."

Dogs like Hap are sitting at the shelter, waiting for a family to come and love them. "May and June have been great, we've had great adoptions for dogs and cats, it's a good time to adopt because you have more time as a family to be with the pet and get to know them," said Dodd.

"This time in particular, more kids are out for school, parents might be able to take off a Friday if the weather is nice and come adopt," said Clay Anderson. Anderson is a volunteer at the shelter. He told WHNT News 19 that summer is an ideal time to adopt because the living is easy, people have more time to train their new furry friend. Not to mention, the shelter sees an influx in animals when the temperature starts rising.

"More puppies and kittens are being born of course in the warmer months and a lot of people are turning in their pets because they're moving or going out of town, different reasons," said Dodd.

However, it's important to remember that with a pet...comes commitment. If you don't want to rush into anything, think about fostering an animal. "All they need is a chance to be seen by somebody to adopt so foster homes allow that to happen," said Dodd.

"If someone does want to adopt, you can have them for a couple of weeks and see how it goes," said Anderson. "If it works out, that's awesome, we want their last visit to be their forever home but if it's not a good fit then definitely bring them back. We'll be happy to take care for them until we can find a good home."

If you aren't looking to adopt a pet this summer but you are interested in helping out, you can donate food to a local shelter. Find out how to help out at A New Leash on Life at this link.