“There is nothing more heartwarming than to see a homeless dog or cat experience his or her ride home from the animal shelter,” says Sean Hawkins, Director of Marketing for the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. “We call the ride home a #Freedomride and we could not think of a better way to kick-off the year-end Adopt-a-thon than by partnering with Reed Nissan.”
Adoptable Cats in Your Local Shelter | ASPCA
The that eliminating adoption fees does not devalue the animal in the eyes of the adopter, and that free adult cat adoption programs could "dramatically impact the lives of thousands of shelter cats who would otherwise reside in a shelter for months or be euthanized." (Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Volume 12, Issue 4, 2009).
Adoptable Cats and Kittens | NYC | Adoption Center| ASPCA
Many high profile shelters across the country have implemented fee-waived cat adoptions very successfully, including the Animal Rescue League of Greater Portland in Maine, Town Lake Animal Center in Austin, TX, and the Wisconsin Humane Society. The ASPCA encouraged shelters throughout the country to provide fee-waived cat adoptions for the entire month of June 2011 as part of adopt-A-Cat Month, and featured a sampling of successful free adoption promotions in an article entitled . The Nevada Humane Society is publicizing their free June adoptions with . In a single day in August 2012, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester's Lollypop Farm adopted over 130 cats to new homes in their "" free cat adoption event.
Cats and Dogs for Adoption: PetSmart Saves Lives
It was once conventional wisdom in the animal shelter world that cats adopted for free would suffer at the hands of diabolical people lurking in the shadows just waiting to abuse them. Surely, we thought, people who get cats for free don't value them, and will at the very least neglect them.Shelters that regularly or permanently waive adoption fees on adult cats stress the fact that they do not lower their adoption standards. Furthermore, the adoption counselors understand people have the ability to acquire cats through other means, consequently resulting in unaltered cats contributing to the litters of kittens being surrendered to the shelters, or given away free, exponentially increasing the numbers of kittens born.The Erie County SPCA (ECSPCA) implemented a "free over three" adoption policy for cats three years and older in December 2009. Since then, 1,213 cats have been adopted through the program, compared to 923 adoptions in the previous 14 months - almost 300 more cats finding permanent homes!Animal Care Centers of NYC offers an amazing adoption package, which includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, a certificate for a free exam, embedded pre-registered microchip in case your pet ever gets lost and a collar. Dogs also get a leash, dog license and heartworm test while cat adoptions also include FELV/FIV testing and a cardboard cat carrier. The center encourages families to bring their children and dogs to make sure the addition will be a right fit.