Glynn County Animal Control started waiving its adoption fee earlier this month in an effort to boost adoptions, and Valentine’s Day gave Animal Control Manager Tiffani Hill a reason to extend the waiver.

The total cost to adopt is $50, $25 for the adoption and another $25 for an identification microchip and rabies shot. Potential adopters will still need to pay for the chip and rabies shot, Hill said.

Animal control started waiving the fee on Feb.1, but decided to extend it through the end of the month, Feb. 28.

“(We’re) just doing something to use Valentine’s Day to help promote adoption,” Hill said. “It’s been very exciting. This past Saturday, we had four dogs and two cats go out in one day.”

The shelter was also able to reunite a dog with its owner on Saturday, Hill added.

Waiving the adoption fee is one of multiple efforts Hill has undertaken since she took over as animal control manager last month to boost adoptions from the shelter and increase the shelter’s public profile.

“We’re working really hard to increase our social media exposure and get more creative with our marketing and public relations,” Hill said. “We’re getting more exposure out in the public, and I think that’s helping.”

The shelter started taking animals out to Pet Supplies Plus, 659 Scranton Road, in its mobile adoption unit the first and third Saturday of every month.

“We are also participating in Bark for Life ... and we’ll be participating in other community events as well, and growing our participation out in the community,” Hill said.

Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walking event for dogs and their owners with the goal of raising money and awareness for cancer research, according to the American Cancer Society’s website. It will begin in Mary Ross Waterfront Park March 24 in Brunswick.

Hill is also trying to bring in more volunteers for a variety of tasks. The first volunteer training session, at which volunteers will be instructed on how to properly socialize dogs, will take place this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the shelter, 4765 U.S. Highway 17.

For more information or to inquire about adopting an animal, call the animal control shelter at 912-554-7500.

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