Lee County Animal Control trying to find 350 animals a home for the holidays
By Sara Belsole. CREATED Dec 24, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Six year-old Tori Mitterwager knows what she wants for Christmas.
"A dog!" Mitterwager said.
So she came to Lee County Domestic Animal Services with her family on Christmas Eve to take a look around.
"It's the holiday spirit and we just remodeled the house and 2014 is a new start for us," Tori's dad Jason Mitterwager said.
"It's a whole family thing and maybe a surprise present for somebody."
When they saw a dog named Jackson, they knew it was fate.
"We always listen to Johnny Cash songs and there's a song called I'm going to Jackson," Tori said.
Jackson is one of 350 animals at Lee County's shelter looking for a home this Christmas.
December is the busiest month of the year at the shelter and they made sure to stay open Christmas Eve for any last minute Christmas adoptions.
"This time of year a lot of folks have an extended holiday so they may have two weeks off from work and this would be a great time to introduce a pet because you can be home 24/7 to introduce the pet and help it acclimate to its new endowment," said shelter director Donna Ward.
With the goal of adopting 300 pets just this month, the shelter is offering $20-50 off on adoptions.
But if you're thinking of adopting this holiday season, make sure you're prepared.
"Do your research, check up on the breeds you're interested in and see if it's a good fit for you family and your lifestyle," Ward said.
The shelter will close to the public on Christmas Day and re-open Friday, December 27. It is open December 28,
30, and 31. It is closed New Year's Day.