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Lucas County year-end dog adopt-a-thon is Saturday

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Everlean Taylor, center, pets Cookie as Ms. Taylor's daughter, Gabby, center right, finishes up the adoption paperwork during the 2012 the Year-End Adoption Closeout event.

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The Lucas County Canine Care & Control is hosting its second annual end-of-the-year adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

As of early today, local businesses and individuals have sponsored 47 of the some 60 dogs available for adoption. Sponsored pets have reduced adoption fees ranging from free to $50. The standard adoption fee is $100, and all new owners must also purchase a $25 dog license.

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The adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery and initial vaccines for distemper/parvo, rabies and bordetella. Worming, microchip and registration, a physical exam, and a behavioral evaluation are also included.

The event will also serve as a fund-raiser for Cutie's Fund, a program created in November 2012 to help dogs that come into the county shelter with high-cost medical needs. The program’s namesake was a Chihuahua brought in during the middle of the night with a dead puppy lodged in her birth canal. The emergency-care bill for Cutie was more than $1,400. More than $55,000 has been raised to date for the fund, and Cutie herself will be at Saturday's event.

People can still sponsor a dog for the event through 7 p.m. tonight by visiting the Lucas County Canine Care Center, 410 S. Erie St., Toledo, or calling 419-213-2800. Dogs can also be sponsored any time during the year.

View dogs up for adoption at lucascountydogs.com.

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