That doggie in the window? He’s free this weekend

Toby Desilets, 5, of Hanahan gives Lady a hug on Friday at the Charleston Animal Society. The family adopted the four-year-old beagle.

Lady the 4-year-old beagle has a new home today.

The Desilets family of Hanahan adopted her Friday.

“It’s for the whole family. We’ve been looking for the right dog to take in for a while,” said mom Reagan Desilets.

The Desilets took advantage of free adoptions for adult dogs and cats happening this weekend through Sunday at the Charleston Animal Society on Remount Road.

By adopting Lady on Friday, the Desilets saved the $105 adoption fee. Adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, current vaccinations, a follow-up exam and a bag of Science Diet food.

“If waiving the fee is what gets folks off the fence, that’s fine with us,” said Joe Elmore, CAS chief executive officer.

Some 25 percent of the animals taken in at the society are purebreds. All of the dogs are screened for aggression before being put on the adoption floor, he said.

“We have to find homes this weekend for over 100 animals,” said Kay Hyman, CAS spokeswoman.

Elmore said summer is the busiest time of year for the shelter. In May through August, the CAS typically takes in 1,000 animals per month.

“Summer is when we need the most homes. It’s times like this that we need the community to step up again,” he said.

From January through April, the CAS had a 7 percent decrease in the number of intakes over last year, when 11,000 homeless animals arrived at the shelter. Elmore attributed the decline to spay/neuter efforts.

Last year, 3,000 animals were saved by treating injuries or illness, he said.

He encouraged participation in the CAS animal fostering program in which a person or family provides a home for a few weeks, and through which an animal possibly finds a permanent home.

Most people get their pets from family or friends, and only 21 percent come from an animal shelter. About a third of the pets brought to the animal shelter last year were owner surrenders, he said.

Four years ago, about 60 percent of animals were euthanized. Now, that number of animals is saved, he said.