New policy has Franklin County Dog Shelter taking dogs by appointment only

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COLUMBUS–(WCMH) If you’re thinking of surrendering your dog to the Franklin County Dog Shelter, of course, a new rule you need to know about.

Starting this week, you’ll need to call ahead and make an appointment before turning your dog.

Up until now, if an owner made the decision to turn in their pet, it as a matter of showing up, and dropping off.

Susan Smith works at the shelter, and sees so many of these dogs turned in every day, for many different reasons.

“It’s about 15 percent of our intake annually, so it’s a significant percentage,” says Smith.

Smith, along with Assistant Director Debbie Finelli, want to change that.  They say setting up an appointment ahead of time is better for the dog as well as the owner…and any future owner.

Finelli says, “By having an appointment coming in, you’re going to sit down, talk to the people, be able to go over the surrender form, why you’re turning the dog in, and offer alternatives.”

It helps them gather more information about the dog, and make sure it’s the right decision for the owner.

“They can say, Scooby gets along with other dogs…or Scooby doesn’t like cats…or Scooby’s housebroken or he’s been to the vet last month and he’s had all his shots,” explains Finelli. “It makes them think a little bit more about why they’re turning their dog in as well. So we use that to re-home them, or get the best outcome for the dogs.”

The surrender fee is $10. The shelter says, of course, they won’t turn anyone away, but phone lines are open now for those appointments. You can call seven days a week at 614-525-5581.

**BEFORE you decide to surrender your dog to the shelter, please consider all other options first.**

If you are thinking about giving up your dog because of housing issues, financial issues, behavior problems or because you can’t afford dog food, there are many resources available that may help you keep your dog! –  614-525-5442

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