Carbon County's animal shelter wants municipalities to know that it is here to help.

Last weekend, employees of the shelter opened its doors to elected officials interested in learning more.

The purpose was to provide information on how the shelter operates and answer any questions municipalities or police may have.

Tom Connors, director of the shelter, spoke to those in attendance about a number of topics and operations at the shelter including adoption procedures, dog calls in municipalities, the dog laws and caring for the animals.

"If we work together we can take care of the dogs because there is a problem with the dogs out there," he said to officials.

He pointed out that last year over 300 dogs came through the shelter. Of that amount, approximately 120 adoptions were conducted; and numerous lost dogs were returned to their owners. Currently, 14 dogs are available for adoption.

Connors explained that when they bring a dog in off the streets, the first goal is to try to find the owner.

"We want to get the dog back to its owner if at all possible," he said, adding that the county policy is to hold the dog for five days three more days than required by Pennsylvania law before putting them on the adoptable list.

He stressed the importance getting your dog its rabies shots on an annual basis; as well as spoke about how microchipping will help if the dog ever gets out of the owner's home.

Connors added that he is available to communities no matter what time of day it is to pick up a dog off the street or to help emergency personnel diffuse a situation when a dog is either in trouble or won't let personnel in a home.

Following the discussions, Connors opened the facility up for a tour to see the adoptable dogs.

It was evident that Connors knew the dogs' personalities as he stopped to talk about each of the canines.

He noted that the shelter, which is operated by Carbon County, receives a number of donations from the community to help keep the doors open.

Walmart in Lehighton donates dry dog food on a regular basis; while one area resident who wishes to remain unnamed donates wet dog food.

But, with a fluctuating number of dogs coming through the doors, supplies are always needed and welcome.

Connors said that residents or businesses who wish to contribute to the shelter can drop off items during shelter business hours.

The current wish-list includes bleach, liquid laundry detergent, garbage bags, soft dog treats, paper towels, dry dog food, towels, dish soap and Lysol wipes.

Connors added that he welcomes anyone who would like to know more about the shelter, on ways they can help or on how to adopt a dog.

For more information on the Carbon County Animal Shelter, visit the Carbon County website at www.carboncounty.com; the shelter's Facebook page "Carboncounty Animalshelter;" call 570-325-4828 or visit the shelter, located at 63 Broad St., Nesquehoning, on top of the Broad Mountain off Route 93, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.