KayLynn Roberts-McMurray  Oliver Twist, a beagle mix, is available for adoption for free this weekend.

KayLynn Roberts-McMurray | Oliver Twist, a beagle mix, is available for adoption for free this weekend.

Are you looking to make an addition to your family? Are you a cat lover, or a dog lover?

It doesn’t matter, the Ely Animal Shelter has both to choose from, and on Nov. 16-17, you can adopt your best friend for free.

Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days returns to Ely, and is offering free adoptions to anyone who adopts a pet during the two-day event.

Mark Robison, co-executive director of Maddie’s Pet Project, explained that this was Maddie’s second Pet Adoption Day event. “Almost 1,000 animals were adopted out at organizations across the state during the event in April: 654 dogs, 304 cats and 22 other animals – 10 rabbits, 5 guinea pigs, 4 ducks, 2 hamsters, and 1 snake. We’re hoping even more groups participate and even more animals get adopted this time.”

Adopting an animal from a shelter is not only exciting, but it’s truly a feel-good experience as well. When you choose to adopt a pet instead of buy one, you can not only find adorable, unique, fun, sweet dogs and cats, but you also become part of the solution to the homeless pet problem.

Oliver Twist the young beagle mix is just one of the dogs at the shelter looking for a home. Oliver, much like the character in the book Oliver Twist, was orphaned at the shelter, at just barely over a year old, and his mother, no one knows.

Oliver is looking for his own family to give him a forever home. He is very friendly, gets along with other dogs, and has been trained with some basic commands.

Mayor, Melody VanCamp knows all about adopting a shelter pet, she has adopted two. “I have adopted a dog and cat and you couldn’t ask for a better companion, all they want is a loving home.”

The Ely Animal Shelter will be open from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. both days of the event. For additional information you can contact Andrew, the Animal Control Officer at 775-296-0567.

Maddie’s Pet Project in Nevada will award $300 to participating groups for each cat or dog they adopt out during the two-day event, to help cover their normal adoption fees and the costs they’ve incurred caring for the animal.

Robison said, “It’s all made possible thanks to a grant from Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, a private charitable foundation based in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.”