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Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) Celebrates Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month


Offers $25 Discounts in October on Adult Dogs
First 15 People to Adopt A Big Black Dog in October Receive an Emmylou Harris CD

NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 30, 2013 -- Nothing says “welcome home” like a wagging tail and a pair of warm brown eyes.  The Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) and Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) are celebrating Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month with a $25 discount on adult dogs (one year or older).  
These discounts will be applied to the following adoptions throughout October:
  • Dogs — Single Adoption;
  • Dogs — Litter mates/double adoptions; and
  • Seniors — Dogs
Additionally, the first fifteen people to adopt a big black dog will receive a limited edition CD from Emmylou Harris including her recording of “The Big Black Dog.”  
“We urge animal lovers to help us find forever homes for all of our amazing adoptable dogs and hope this discount will do just that.” said Judy Ladebauche, director of Metro Animal Care and Control.
MACC has made a number of changes over the past six months to improve adoption rates.  Changes include using Pet Finder to increase promotion of animals available for adoption, establishing formal partnerships with rescue organizations with an added incentive of discounting adoption fees on dogs and cats at the shelter, lowering adoption fee for adult cats to $5.  MACC implemented a new policy June 1st offering puppies (those less 6 months old) for adoption based on temperament/behavior and health instead of breed specific.  MACC staff participated in the American Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) SAFER certification training August 7th and 8th.   Once staff members are certified, MACC will begin offering adult dogs for adoption based on temperament/behavior and health instead of breed specific.  MACC is taking steps to strengthening the community volunteer program
Metro Animal Care and Control is committed to the delivery of effective, courteous, and responsive animal care and control services to the residents of Nashville/Davidson County.  MACC’s goals are to build partnerships within the community to promote responsible pet ownership, decrease the over-population of domestic pets through spay/neuter programs, and to place adoptable animals in loving homes.