Great River Rescue brings back walk-in, extended Wednesday hours

Great River Rescue will welcome walk-in visitors and have extended hours every Wednesday in March.

According to a release, the shelter shifted to an appointment-only system during the pandemic, but with adoption rates down, shelter leadership opted for the change.

“We want everyone to know that they are welcome to come and visit our shelter pets,” said Executive Director Brandon Mustful.

“We can’t continue saving animals unless we have adopters!”

Only 13 adoptions were completed at GRR in January, the fewest number of adoptions in over a decade.

Adoption rates have been particularly slow for shelter dogs.

Currently, 12 dogs are available for adoption.

Wednesday shelter hours will be 12:30 to 7 p.m. in March, with those extended hours possible to continue into the future.

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