Volunteers: Adopt, don't shop this holiday season.
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Volunteers with the Pit Bull Crew and Collier County Domestic Animal Services are encouraging people to consider saving a life this holiday season by bringing home a shelter pet.
Only Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan has more on how you can help, even if you can't bring an animal home.
The pictures of Misty the dog on the Pit Bull Crew's Facebook page show a sweet girl with bright brown eyes, wearing a Santa doggy costume. Next to the image is the word, adopted. For volunteers who work with the shelter dogs every day, there is no better word.
"She walked out of the hospital on three legs," Pit Bull Crew member Jeanette Jolly said of Misty. She had to had one of her legs amputated from a knee injury but that hasn't slowed her down at all. Misty was recently adopted into a home in Cape Coral, where she'll spend her holidays.
Jolly hopes Misty the dog is just one of many who will get out of the shelter and into their forever homes by Christmas.
"It is a great time of year to adopt a dog, a cat, a ferret a bird," she said.
She says Collier Co. D.A.S. has seen a surge in adoptions the last two weeks. But she wants potential adopters to realize that bringing an animal in is a lifelong commitment. She says occasionally, an animal they thought was adopted out comes back through their doors.
Collier Co. D.A.S. adoption fees range from $60 for cats to $85 for dogs. That includes their spay or neuter surgery, shots and their rabies certificate.
There's also a number of free dogs and cats whose adoptive fees have already been paid for, for an approved adopter.
If you can't adopt this holiday season, volunteers say consider donating some much needed supplies like pet food, toys and blankets.
There's a 'mega adoption' event on Dec. 22 at the Vanderbilt Shoppes on Vanderbilt Beach Rd. in Naples, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Colleen Hogan, reporter