On Monday, December 2 the city of Lubbock Animal Shelter will bring a few guests to the South Plains Mall.

"We take a lot of our longer stay animals, those are the ones that have been here the longest," Officer Deaon Bryant, supervisor of animal services, said. 

Dogs looking for a good home will be at the "Santa Paws" event, up for a free adoption from 4 to 8 PM.

This is the first year the shelter has brought adoptable dogs to the event, where you can also get a picture of your pet and Santa Claus.  So far, it has been successful.


"Monday before last was adoption and we adopted all the animals we took," Officer Bryant said.

The 4 to 6 dogs up for adoption are micro-chipped, and up-to-date on their vaccines. If they are not fixed already, the shelter will provide a voucher. 

When thinking about bringing a pet into your family, it is important to remember if their lifestyle fits yours.

"Every pet is different, you know. Some pets are going to be great, they're going to lay on the couch, they're gonna love on the kids, they're great," Officer Bryant said. "Other pets need to be ran everyday, they need that constant attention, they need that mental stimulation every day and that physical stimulation everyday. Not every household has that ability." 


It can take time for an adopted animal to settle in, and it is important to have realistic goals when adopting. 

"Give them time and love and attention. Let them, let them show you who they are," Officer Bryant added.

Even if you do not plan to adopt at Monday's event, Officer Bryant encourages everyone to come show the dogs some love.


In December, every other Monday will feature an adoption event.

On opposite weeks the shelter will provide educational materials to help pet owners keep their 4-legged friends happy and healthy this holiday season.