The Kodiak Animal Shelter has received their first pet transferred to Kodiak from a mainland shelter in order to offer more adoptable pets in Kodiak and relieve the pressure on other shelters.
Kyla, a two-year-old sled dog, arrived at the shelter almost two weeks ago from the City of Kenai Animal Shelter and is now available for adoption.
“She is a very sweet dog and her personality is phenomenal,” said shelter manager Jean Lilly, “She gives kisses and loves to play.”
The Kodiak shelter has seen low numbers of adoptable pets recently and credits it to people choosing to adopt, taking their pets with them when they move, and spaying or neutering their pets.
As a result, the shelter has a long waiting list of people seeking a pet and has turned to shelters around Alaska, particularly shelters that are kill shelters, to find some extra dogs for the community.
Although the shelter has had a similar program in years past under a different administration, this is the first time in the last few years the shelter has pursued getting pets from elsewhere.
Kyla has already been a hit after less than a day of having her photo on the shelter’s Facebook page.
“We’ve got lots of likes already, over 60,” Lilly said. “We’ve already received some private messages about this dog, people have come in to see her. I don’t think she’ll be here that long.”
Pets will come in to Kodiak as they are available at other shelters, as space is available in Kodiak and as space is available on flights because the transportation is donated.
“(The Kenai shelter) has their own coupons that Ravn gives them for transporting pets to different shelters and such,” Lilly said. “As they have coupons available to them, they can send us a dog here and there.”
For now, the shelter will just be getting dogs and although they won’t be searching shelters for specific breeds, they will be trying to get pets based off their wait list.
“If you come in and get on the wait list and have a specific breed in mind, we’ll take that into consideration,” Lilly said. “We’ll try to fulfill our wait list as much as possible while helping the kill shelters so another dog doesn’t have to be put down.”
Julie Herrmann is a staff reporter at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact her at 486-3227 ext. 627.