City to give away free dogs
Posted at: 09/06/2012 9:58 PM
| Updated at: 09/06/2012 10:38 PM
By: Joe Vigil, KOB Eyewitness News 4
People are expected to line up at two Albuquerque animal shelters Friday morning, as the city gives away dogs for free.
Shelters are expected to be so packed that animal control officers will be directing traffic in parking lots at the East and Westside shelters.
The event is part of the Free Fido adoption event to help with pet overcrowding at city shelters.
The Animal Welfare Department is waiving all adoption fees Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Fees are only waived for dogs a year and older.
Some people are concerned that animal abusers might get their hands on free dogs. Officials say they're conducting background checks to make sure pets go good homes. Anyone with a history of violence against people or animals will run into problems getting a free pet.
"If you do not pass our background check and all the policies we have in place we will turn you down," Desiree Cawley with the Animal Welfare Department said.
The event starts at 10:30 Friday morning.
Your free dog will come with shots, license, a microchip and it will be spayed or neutered. One wellness check at a vet is also included.
The Eastside animal shelter is located at 8920 Lomas Northeast. The Westside shelter is located at 11800 Sunset Gardens Southwest.