Cowley County Humane Society celebrates the American Humane Society’s Adopt a Dog Month by offering half price adoption fees through the month of October. Regardless of the type or size of dog, bets are CCHS has it or will during this fabulous event.

Opt to adopt! Approximately 25 percent of all dogs at animal shelters are purebreds from the small Chihuahua to the gorgeous golden retriever. CCHS gets puppies in almost weekly, and there are always lots of adult dogs with all levels of energy and temperaments, according to CCHS director Teresa Harden.

Harden would also like people to know that there is a common misconception that the animals at the Humane Society are damaged or possess bad behaviors.

“In fact, “Harden said, “within the last year the top three reasons for animal surrenders are financial/moving, not enough time, and that they simply have too many. More often than not, the family’s lifestyle is not conducive to the needs of the pet. No one is to blame.”

Whether you want an exercise buddy, a best friend for your child, a partner in agility competitions, a constant companion for an aging parent or simply a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work, an adopted dog can be all of these — and more.

“Right now, we have a very special dog named Jack, a five-year-old Border Collie boy,” Harden added. “Jack is extremely handsome, calm, obedient and completely vetted – he just needs to find the right family.”

What can an adopted dog bring to your life? There are as many responses to that question as there are dogs in this world!

“That’s why we’re encouraging people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers,” said Harden.

This is the month to add that canine to your family while the adoption fees are reduced. CCHS hours are 12-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 12-6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Check out available pets on a href=”” target=”blank”>, or call 442-1698 or 221-1698 to find out more.

Mary Reid is a volunteer at the Cowley County Humane Society. Her specialty is fostering dogs.