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Special Thanksgiving adoption event scheduled for today at the Animal Shelter

November 18, 2017 GMT

Looking for love this holiday season? Then you might want to visit the Aiken County Animal Shelter today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and take advantage of a special Friends of the Animal Shelter Thanksgiving adoption event.

The adoption fees for select cats and dogs will be waived.

The animals need to find a loving home soon because they have been at the Shelter for too long and are starting to get disheartened from being passed over by prospective adopters.

“It’s not uncommon to see shelter pets get depressed or anxious when they have been here a while and don’t get adopted,” said Bob Gordon of Friends of the Animal Shelter, or FOTAS. “They notice when other dogs and cats get chosen and leave for new homes, while they remain in their kennels. They begin to think they are never going to find a home of their own.”

Some of the animals that will be available for adoption today without a fee include:

• Linzy: A border collie mix, she is very loving and has a lot of energy. But she’s a working dog breed and extremely smart, so she needs an adopter who has time to train her and help her develop. Linzy is 3 years old and was received as a stray.

• Archie: This mixed breed canine is full of energy and love. He has a motor that is always running and is a tremendous athlete who can leap over standard fences. Archie is still a youngster at just 1 year of age and quite a character. He collects tennis balls and begs visitors to rub his neck and under his chin.

• Winifred: A brindle-coated beauty, Winifred is one of the sweetest dogs at the shelter. She was picked up as a stray and brought to the shelter, where she quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite. Only 2½ years old, Winnie is very playful and affectionate.

• Taffy: A confident and friendly gray and black tabby, Taffy likes people and gets along with most other cats. She’s 2 years old, petite and very affectionate. Taffy will make a wonderful feline companion for an individual or family.

• Marion: Marion is a pretty gray cat with white markings on her paws and chest. She likes people but can get jealous of other cats. She arrived as a stray and just celebrated her first birthday. Marion would be a good house cat, but also has traits that could make her an excellent barn cat.

In addition to the select animals whose adoption fees will be waived today, cats and kittens this month are just $10, and dogs and puppies are $35.

The Shelter is located at 333 Wire Road in Aiken. For more information, call 803-642-1537.