Have you missed animal control’s Saturday adoption hours? They’re coming back.

GREENFIELD — The city/county animal shelter is reinstating its Saturday hours, which have been suspended for six months during a staffing shortage.

Beginning Oct. 1, Greenfield-Hancock Animal Management, 809 S. State St., will hold adoption hours on the first and third Saturdays of the month. In February, Mayor Chuck Fewell temporarily suspended the shelter’s weekend hours after the former director and another employee quit, leaving the shelter short-staffed.

Now, new director Amanda Dehoney is preparing to bring back the weekend hours, citing a need for better accessibility for families wanting to adopt pets.

The weekend schedule historically gave people who work regular business hours during the week a chance to visit the shelter, which closes weekdays at 4 p.m. Dehoney also hopes the weekend hours will help the shelter reunite lost pets with their families. For some residents, it’s hard to get to the shelter during office hours, which end at 4 p.m., when many might still be working.

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