If there’s one thing Rosenberg Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell wants citizens to know, it’s that senior dogs are just as adoptable as puppies.
Especially someone like Hoss, a 7-year-old Shar Pei mix looking for his forever home.
Hoss is the longest standing animal at the shelter right now, with seven months under his belt.
And what better time to adopt this dog that shelter staff deemed vibrant and sociable, but on Monday Match?
Monday Match is a fairly new initiative the shelter holds the first day of every week where adoption fees are completely waived.
Normally, it costs $99 to adopt a dog and $49 to adopt a cat at Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter.
“We started Monday Match last year and decided to make it a permanent fixture in our schedule,” Hartsell explained.
“We wanted to make Monday a fun and appealing day. And so far it’s been successful.”
Hartsell revealed that last year, the shelter got more animals than ever before due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Right now we’re at our lowest intake number,” she said. “The animals get in and out very quickly. The average length of stay is eight days.”
But older dogs like Hoss are often overlooked.
“He’s technically a senior dog, but he’s also very vibrant and sweet,” Samantha Rodriguez with Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter said. “He’s amazing on the leash and with other dogs.”
Currently, there are 20 cats and dogs in the shelter.
“We’ve refined our practices and curated a relationship with the public,” Hartsell said in response to the shelter’s success.
“We’re really proud of where we are right now. And we still get a lot of owner surrenders. They’re COVID-related. The owners have lost their jobs or have a different work setup and so many people are homeless because of the pandemic.
“We’re used to people wanting to surrender their pets, but that’s not how this has been.”
Hartsell said the shelter has seen many adult cats and dogs come through the shelter in the last year.
“We’re trying to provide a safety net for the people,” she said.
The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.
Rosenberg Animal Control is located at 1207 Blume Road.