Columbia County Animal Services will soon be able to offer special adoption fees when the shelter is overcrowded.
The Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved the first reading of a resolution Tuesday that would allow the department to automatically institute lower adoption fees when needed instead of waiting nearly two months for approval each time.
“When we lower our adoption fee, we have more people come in and adopt,” Animal Services Manager Linda Glasscock said. “This helps expedite the adoption of more kittens and puppies when the time comes, when the season hits.”
The adoption fee would be cut from $20 for puppies and kittens to $10 and $25 for dogs and cats to $15 per animal, according to the proposed fee schedule.
Those fees can go into effect automatically in the case of overpopulation such as in the spring when the shelter held about 80 kittens.
Also included in the proposed fee schedule is a $10 adoption fee for rabbits, Guinea pigs and other small animals, $5 for birds and reptiles and $40 for livestock.
“We get them periodically,” Glasscock said of the nontraditional pets. “They get evaluated just like the dogs and cats do. We needed a price on them for adoption fees.”
Glasscock said new fees for surrendering animals to the shelter also are included on the fee schedule.
The second reading of the resolution will be held July 16 and it will go into effect immediately if approved.
Also at the meeting, commissioners approved the library board agreement as part of the formation of the Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library System, which the Evans Library became the hub of on Monday.