Charlene Polacca, left, and Samantha Embry work with a litter of kittens at the Farmington Animal Shelter on Monday. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
- Jan 10:
- Farmington Regional Animal Shelter holds grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony
- Oct 23:
- Farmington Regional Animal Shelter prepares to open next month
- Oct 22:
- City council approves new guidelines for animal shelter
- Farmington announces new executive director of regional animal shelter
- Jul 30:
- Local veterinarians, animal welfare advocates say teamwork a necessity on spay/neuter, animal welfare initiatives
- Jul 28:
- Farmington, San Juan County governments look at spay/neuter initiatives
- Jul 24:
- Farmington Animal Shelter scales back animal control in wake of cat, dog influx
- Jul 23:
- Farmington City Council discusses animal shelter plans, future
- Jul 21:
- Farmington City Council to discuss animal shelter conditions, plan for future
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Services Advisory Commissioners discuss shelter operations, progress
- Jul 11:
- Farmington Animal Shelter at capacity, understaffed as officials search for a humane solution
- Jun 26:
- Animal shelter controversy continues at Farmington City Council amid funding, staffing concerns
- Jun 23:
- Farmington City Council to consider crematory at animal shelter, discuss project progress
- Jun 16:
- Farmington leaders celebrate progress at new animal shelter
- Jun 5:
- San Juan County agrees to pay more for regional animal shelter
- May 29:
- Farmington City Council approves animal shelter consultant
- May 15:
- Farmington Animal Shelter's first adoption special a success
- Apr 23:
- Water, electric utility hookups left out of Farmington Animal Shelter budget
- Apr 12:
- Farmington Animal Shelter seeks volunteers and foster homes
- Feb 14:
- San Juan County, city officials and animal rights workers celebrate new animal shelter
- Jan 10:
- Farmington animal shelter presentation receives high praise, funding uncertain
- Jan 7:
- City Council to hear animal shelter improvement suggestions
- Nov 28:
- City Council approves construction on long-anticiapted animal shelter
- Nov 26:
- Farmington council approaches animal shelter decision
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Shelter aims to find balance
- Jul 11:
- New Regional Animal Shelter plans unveiled
- Jul 8:
- Final public meeting for Farmington's animal shelter plans to be held Tuesday
- Jun 8:
- Farmington officials and residents plan new animal shelter
- Apr 4:
- Farmington chooses BDA Architecture for new animal shelter
- Mar 30:
- Farmington Animal Shelter has new, enthusiastic director
FARMINGTON — Farmington Animal Shelter will hold a special event this weekend to promote cat and kitten adoption.
The shelter has about 30 cats and kittens in need of adoption, said Samantha Embry, the shelter's volunteer coordinator.
"We've been trying to find an outlet to get them adopted, and we thought that lowering the price could work," Embry said.
Adoption costs including spay and neuter service will be lowered to $25 from May 10 to 12, she said. Those costs can run up to $70.
"We're going to try and have all the eligible cats spayed and neutered already so they're ready to walk out the door," she said.
The shelter will also vaccinate against upper respiratory infections and de-worm adoptable cats, Embry said. Rabies vaccines will need to be arranged separately.
Although the shelter will focus on adoption this weekend, the foster home program is also in need of applicants, she said.
Foster homes are used to house a variety of animals, from puppies and kittens that are too young to be spayed or neutered, to sick or injured animals that need to be kept in a comforting environment away from the shelter's general population, Embry said.
"We've received a large number of phone calls, and we now have 12 to 15 foster homes in use," she said. "We're about to get our first batch of kittens back. As far as fostering a puppy or a kitten, it doesn't take a lot of time."
Much of the work lies in cleaning and feeding, she said.
"Mainly its just important to get them into homes," Embry said.
Charlene Polacca, an animal care technician at the animal shelter shared her animal foster care experience as she sat in the shelter's break room bottle feeding a kitten.
"I've fostered a puppy but haven't done a kitten yet," Polacca said. "The hardest part is to give them up."
For more information on the shelter's adoption or foster care programs, call 505-599-1098. The shelter is located at 1395 S.
A pair of kittens ready for adoption at the Farmington Animal Shelter on Monday. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
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Animal Care Technician, Charlene Polacca feeds a kitten at the Farmington Animal Shelter on Monday. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)