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Lee County offers free adoptions for dogs over 50 pounds

By Staff | Jun 7, 2010

Lee County Domestic Animal Services prepared for the onslaught of kitten season this month by offering kittens at two for $25 and adult cats for free. However, this year the shelter also is experiencing an increase in the number of large breed dogs entering the facility. To increase adoption rates LCDAS will offer free adoptions for any dog over 50 pounds through the end of June.
Among the big breeds and mixes available at LCDAS adopters will find Labrador Retrievers, Doberman Pinchers, American Bull Dogs, Airedales, German Shepherds, Boxers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Rottweilers, and more. The variety can change on a daily basis.
Small dogs and puppies typically get adopted first while big dogs continue to wait for the person or family that can appreciate the advantages of adopting a larger breed. Consider, however, that bigger maybe better, officials said.
Many people believe the larger the dog the more maintenance required. Both large and small breeds can require the same amount of attention. Training can determine the dog’s temperament as much as the breed or size.
Large dogs appear more intimidating to strangers even if they are mellow couch potatoes.
Big dogs aren’t as fragile as small dogs and less likely to incur leg or back injuries. Big dogs are a great match for families that enjoy the outdoors.
When it comes to housetraining large breeds tend to learn quicker with fewer accidents than small breeds.
Many parents assume a small dog is less likely to injure or hurt a child. Experts agree, however, that when young children play rough with small dogs, serious injury can occur to both the dog and child. Small dogs are more prone to be snappy in response to a child’s quick movements. Large dogs are typically more tolerant.
All adoptions includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if three months or older, 10-day pet health guarantee, microchip ID, feline leukemia and aids test for cats, heartworm test for dogs six months or older, flea treatment, worming, training DVD, and a bag of Science Diet pet food.
For more information about adopting a pet call 239-533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or go to Lee County offers free adoptions for dogs over 50 pounds www.leelostpets.com . Photos and information about lost pets or pets for adoption are also available online. Pet info on the website updates hourly.