This weekend, the Seattle Humane Society waived adoption fees at their Bellevue location in the hopes that they could find new homes for some of their many animals. The result? A record-breaking adoption weekend.
According to the Humane Society, an astounding 359 pets were adopted this weekend, including 156 on the first day of the three-day event. 47 senior pets and 149 kittens were among the animals that found new homes.
As a practice, Seattle Humane vaccinates, spays or neuters, and microchips all of their dogs and cats before they leave the shelter. They also all undergo a health check. To ensure the safety and success of each new match, dogs are also all temperament-tested, and most dog adoptions come with a six-week obedience training course.
The "Adoption Blitz" was well-timed; October is "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," wherein prospective pet owners are encouraged to check shelters before purchasing pets from breeders. Every year, the ASPCA estimates that approximately 5 million to 7 million pets enter animal shelters in the United States. Of those companion animals, approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. Close to 70% of cats who enter shelters will be euthanized.
The Humane Society has adopted out a total of 4,903 pets in 2013, with a total goal of 6,200.