WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. -

Daniel Coates is browsing the Washington County, Virginia Animal Shelter hoping to adopt a dog. "I just came down to browse some of the dogs some, just thinking about getting one," he said.

But the good news is there aren't a lot to choose from -- that's because the shelter is more than two weeks into a month long program offering free adoptions. "We've had great response. We've had a lot of people come out and adopt cats and dogs, and not just puppies people have been getting big dogs also," says shelter operator Kelly Tabor.

Instead of paying $25 for a dog or $15 for a cat, people can get them for free. The program runs through April 17.

The March 17 - April 17 promotion coincides with the typical spring influx in animals.

Tabor wants to e shelter operator here wants to remind people puppies and kittens are cute, but they are also a lot of work. "They just jump at the chance at a puppy, or a kitten. They don't think to the consequences ahead," adds Tabor.

As for Coates, he's just hoping to get a dog that's lovable and ready to find a new home. "There are so many good breeds out there. If you treat them right they will treat you right," he said.

If you adopt a dog or cat that has not yet been spayed or neutered there is a $50 fee, but that money is refundable if you bring in proof that the dog or cat had surgery.