Night Drop Kennels are safe space for stray pets during winter

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Anchorage Animal Care and Control want to remind residents that their Night Drop Kennels are a great place to leave stray animals after hours as temperatures drop.

If you happen across a stray animal, whether it’s a dog, cat or guinea pig, you can leave the animal inside one of the seven kennels that are available at the back of the facility.

The doors can only be opened once and will lock once closed to keep the animal inside. The stray pet will have access to water and the facility is kept warm.

“It’s intended for stray animals,” said Laura Atwood with Animal Care and Control “If they find an animal after we close and they can’t keep the animal safely at home, that is what this is intended for.”

According to Atwood, some people surrender their animals using the night kennels, which is not the ideal way to give the pet to Animal Care and Control.

Atwood said that without a discussion with the owner, they miss the animal’s important history.

“This is a service we provide to you,” Atwood said. “There is no judgment. Don’t feel badly coming during open hours.”

Occasionally, officers will find something other than a pet inside the kennels.

“One day, an officer was checking the Night Drop Kennels at the end of the evening and he was double-checking everything was set up,” Atwood said. “He came into the area and saw a guy standing there in the kennel, standing there, about to call for help, trying to look for his dogs.”

Operating hours for the Anchorage Animal Care and Control are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Saturday till Sunday.

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