“Postmaster Brian Webster and I discussed it, and we had already planned to hold a customer appreciation day, and decided to combine that with the animal shelter and do an adopt-a-pet day,” said Betty Nelson, sales/services clerk for the Lincoln post office.
The city of Lincoln contracts with the ASPCI for animal control services.
Nelson said the national Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamps, released April 30, have been popular.
“All the animals on the stamps were up for adoption at the time the pictures were taken,” she said. “And all those animals have homes now.”
Nelson said Ellen DeGeneres and Halo, Purely for Pets (a holistic pet care company DeGeneres co-owns) are donating one million meals to shelter pets.
“We were glad for the opportunity to go to Lincoln and tell residents about the services we offer,” said Helen Powell, president of the ASPCI Board. “We want to thank the Lincoln post office for sponsoring the event.”
Powell said she and ASPCI treasurer Jo Mitchell brought two adoptable dogs to the event, which included cookies and drinks for customers.
“We gave out information about our Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), which is available to Lincoln residents as well as St. Clair County residents,” she said.
Powell said the SNAP certificates are offered only at the shelter for now, and are $50 for dogs and $35 for cats. Vaccination certificates are also available and cost $35 for both dogs and cats. The vaccination certificates are only sold in conjunction with a SNAP certificate.
Certificates are redeemable at a number of participating veterinarian practices, including Animal House Veterinary Clinic in Harpersville, Argo Animal Clinic in Trussville, Branchville Animal Hospital in Branchville, Crossroads Animal Hospital in Moody, Leeds Pet Clinic in Leeds, Lincoln Veterinary Clinic in Lincoln, Logan Martin Vet Clinic in Pell City, Moody Animal Clinic in Moody, Main Street Animal Clinic in Birmingham, and Pell City Animal Hospital in Cropwell.
There are numerous animals available for adoption at the ASPCI. The adoption fee is $125 and includes spay/neuter surgery, all vaccinations, microchipping, dewormer, physical/fecal exam, heartworm test for dogs, and feline leukemia test for cats.
“We are also in need of volunteers and board members,” Powell said. “Anyone interested in volunteering or serving on the board is welcome to come to our meetings.”
Powell said the meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Pell City Civic Center.
“Volunteers can be any age, however children under 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian,” she said.
Powell said volunteers help walk the animals, clean cages, clean food and water dishes, help with laundry, and other tasks.
“We can also use volunteers to help out at adoption functions or at information booths at various events,” she said.
Powell said board members should have an interest on serving on a working board that promotes the interest and well being of the ASPCI.
“We don’t just hold meetings,” she said. “We take an active role in the various aspects of the ASPCI.”
For more information, call the Animal Shelter of Pell City Inc. at 205-814-1567.