Siri Aponte, Community Relations Coordinator, holds puppy Moe, one of 19 dogs up for adoption at the shelter. Andrea Johnson/DND

The staff at Souris Valley Animal Shelter aren’t sure what breed mix Moe the pup might be, but it looks like she’ll be a big girl once she grows into her paws.

Moe is up for adoption and will also make some lucky pet sitters happy.

Siri Aponte, community relations coordinator for the animal shelter, said the shelter is offering a discount on animal adoptions through May 15 through a partnership with Bissel.

The adoption fee for any pet, cat or dog, regardless of age or gender, will be $25.

The shelter had 18 adoptable cats and 19 adoptable dogs, including Moe, up for adoption as of last week. Some of the animals are cared for at the shelter and others are cared for in volunteer foster homes.

Those interested in adopting an animal can view adoptable animals on the animal shelter’s website and submit an application to adopt an animal. Once the request is pre-approved, a visit can be scheduled so that the potential sitter can meet and play with the animal. Animal shelter staff and foster families pay attention to differences in animal temperaments and can help match families with their new furry friends.

Aponte said shelter staff recognize that getting a pet seen by a veterinarian in Minot can be difficult at this time, but it’s not impossible and the shelter is giving pet owners some time to meet these requirements.

The shelter also plans to eventually open a community veterinary clinic where neutering and neutering and vaccinations will be performed. Dr. Logan Wood will be a full-time veterinarian at the animal shelter clinic.

Aponte said the shelter has certain requirements for prospective pet owners, such as the requirement that they sign a contract agreeing to spay or neuter the cat or dog within a certain time frame and that the animal receive required vaccinations. People must also have suitable homes for the cat or dog. Living in an apartment does not necessarily exclude someone if they have permission to have the animal.

For more information, call the animal shelter at 852-6133. Aponte said the shelter is also always on the lookout for volunteers to help with the animals or volunteer foster families to care for the cats and dogs until homes can be found for them.

The refuge is open Tuesday to Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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