October is national Adopt-A-Dog Month, so why not see what Carbon County's K-9 shelter has to offer?

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein announced that the shelter, which is located on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning, next to the county prison, is nearing capacity.

"There are a lot of nice dogs right now at the animal shelter," Nothstein said. "I strongly encourage the public to take the time to go up and check out the dogs. If you're thinking about adopting a pet or want to help the shelter, now is the time do to it.

"I guarantee if you like pets, you'll be sure to find something you like."

The K-9 shelter can hold up to 24 dogs.

Randall Smith, county administrator, said that the hours of operation for the shelter have been extended on Thursday and Fridays until 6 p.m., so that people who work during the day, but would like to adopt a pet, can do so after work.

To find out more about the shelter or for questions, call (570) 325-4828.

In shelter related matters, the commissioners also hired a new county animal warden.

The board voted to hire Kari M. Bauchspies of Lehighton as the new animal warden. Bauchspies replaces former warden Bruce May, who retired on Sept. 30. She will begin her new position on Nov. 7.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said the county received about 20 applications for the position and four were interviewed.

Currently, there are two part-time employees running the shelter.