Walker County resumes animal adoptions

The Walker County Animal Shelter will begin scheduling appointments for animal adoptions in February, after putting adoptions on hold last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the past ten months, staff has worked with a team of animal rescue groups to place 740 dogs and 352 cats in homes while adoptions were unavailable.

Those interested in adopting from the Walker County Animal Shelter must complete an application and adoption contract first. Once an application has been submitted, a member of the shelter staff will contact the applicant to schedule an appointment for an animal meet and greet.

Potential adopters must adhere to several COVID-19 protocols while visiting the shelter, including a requirement to wear a face covering. There will also be a strict limit of three people per appointment.

If a match is made and an adoption approved, shelter staff will schedule vetting for the animal and will notify the adopter when the animal is available for pick up. The adoption fee is $100 for dogs and $50 for cats and includes spaying or neutering, vaccination, microchipping, deworming and flea and tick prevention.

The adoption application/contract is available to fill out on the Walker County Government website.