DNA testing increases dog adoption numbers

Posted at 4:41 PM, Aug 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-06 18:39:04-04

Thirteen dogs were adopted on Saturday in Hillsborough County. Animal Services workers said a new DNA testing program seems to be helping adoption numbers.

"People are concerned about coming in and maybe adopting a pit bull, DNA testing is a way of identifying if it is a pit bull or if its a mix or if there is no pit bull at all," said director Morgan Woodward.

He said new dogs are staying about a week or two less than normal, because of the new testing procedures.

"What we found is once we get those results back the dog is usually here for two or three days after that, because it really gives the adopter some good information about what the dog really is," said Woodward.

Janet McCree loves the new system. She said it's comforting knowing exactly what type of dog you are adopting.

"We really just want to love the dog whatever kind of dog it is, cause we won't know till we get home and see how it reacts," said Woodward.

Click here for a list of pets available for adoption.