Several staff members and volunteers at the CHA Animal Shelter will spend 24 hours living in dog kennels and the cat room, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.

Several staff members and volunteers at the CHA Animal Shelter will spend 24 hours living in dog kennels and the cat room, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.

The shelter is located at 3765 Corporate Drive.

The new "residents" will eat when the animals eat, get time out of the kennel during walking and play groups and will share their space with a long-term animal.

"In addition to spotlighting the shelter's long-term animals, staff and volunteers hope their experience will allow them to brainstorm on additional enrichment activities for the shelter animals," according to CHA Animal Shelter development director Terri Montigny.

"The mental well-being of shelter animals is just as important as their physical well-being, which is the reason we started the enrichment program in 2008," shelter director Stephanie Wimbish said in a statement.

Wimbish will be one of the staff members spending time in "lock up."

The shelter will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on July 9, allowing people to come in and speak with the staff members and volunteers about their experience and learn more about the animal they are co-habiting with.

Special adoption fees will apply from July 9 through July 16to animals that have been in the shelter for 90 days or longer. Adopting a long-term dog will cost $25 and long-term cats will cost $5.

The human residents will get to go "home" if their long-term resident gets adopted that day.

The finale of the adoption special will be Picnic with the Pups from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. This is CHA's summer gathering at the shelter, where all dogs will have a special adoption fee of $25 and all cats $5.

"Last year at Picnic with the Pups, we had 29 adoptions, which was an amazing day for us," Wimbish said. "We hope to duplicate our adoption efforts with this promotion and get many animals in their forever homes."

The shelter will be open for adoptions from 1 to 8 p.m. on July 16.

Donations made in the shelter the week of July 9-16 will be earmarked for the enrichment fund, which is used to purchase special toys and enrichment activities for the animals in the shelter.

For more information about adoptable animals in the shelter, how to donate or volunteer, or Picnic with the Pups, visit www.CHAAnimalShelter.org.