Williston mayor encourages animal adoption as pet surrender increases

WILLISTON, N.D. - Williston’s Mayor Howard Klug encouraging animal adoption as area’s surrendered pets increase.

Mayor Klug recently adopted a dog from the Mondak Humane Society. His pet was just one of the 600 animals who have come through the facility this year who have been surrendered, abandoned or abused.

Lizzy is an energetic dog that Mayor Klug decided would make a great companion after his family lost their dog in December. Lizzy was found as a stray who had a litter of puppies, and all were adopted except for her. She sat at the facility for five months until Mr. and Mrs. Klug walked through the doors.

Mayor Klug said: "They brought her out to me. My wife said, ‘Well I don't know, this one is pretty rambunctious.’ I said there's nothing wrong with this dog, so I brought her home, and she's been kind of a handful, but we're working on things. She's still a puppy, she's about a year old. I really believe I'm a better person with a dog, than without a dog."

Noodles has a similar story. Most of her puppies have been adopted, and she is still one of 17 dogs waiting to go through the adoption process, which is long because employees want to make sure it's the right fit.

"They don't just say here's a dog. They'll go through things with you and make sure that you're qualified and ready to own a dog," added Klug.

There are also 71 rescued cats at the facility. People are calling to surrender their cats every day, and dropping them off at Mondak Humane Society's doorstep on a weekly basis.

Animal abuse is an issue as well. One dog named Brownie is going through therapy, and has come a long way. Richard is now partially blind in one eye due to abuse. He is not up for adoption, but is happy with his family at Mondak Humane Society.

The facility employees' number one recommendation is that you spay or neuter your pets.

Noodles, her two puppies, Brownie, and all of the cats are currently available for adoption. Mondak Humane Society is open Tuesday through Friday from 1-5 p.m., and Saturday from 1-4 p.m.