Friday, December 20, 2013

Animal Friends Shares the Love with Day Apollo Subaru and the ASPCA



Animal Friends recently hosted a two-day, multi-location event on December 13th and 14th through the ASPCA/Subaru Share the Love program.  This adoption extravaganza was successful in part due to additional shelters coming to Animal Friends including Greene County Humane Society and Four Footed Friends.  Animal Friends also had adoptable animals offsite at Day Apollo Subaru in Moon Township. 

Greene County Humane Society and Animal Friends have a strong relationship, as they often transfer many of their animals to us.  On average, Greene County brings hundreds of adoptable animals to our shelter.  For this event, they chose to highlight cats and brought 40 of them to showcase in our Outreach Center.  Throughout the event, Greene County successfully adopted four cats into forever homes.  At the conclusion of the weekend, Animal Friends was able to admit 31 of the cats brought in from Green County.  That means Green County Humane Society left with only eight cats!

Four Footed Friends also joined Animal Friends and Green County Humane Society on Saturday, December 14th.  They brought along four dogs and found a forever home for one!  For increased exposure and a better chance of adoption, Four Footed Friends transferred ownership of three dogs to Animal Friends at the conclusion of the event.

Interactive enrichment displays dotted the halls at Animal Friends and the retail store offered special incentives for event attendees’ donations.  Rabbit handlers mingled in the lobby with bunnies in slings, and dog handlers brought various shelter residents to greet visitors.  We also had adoptable foster dogs come to the shelter for public interaction. 

Animal Friends had successful adoptions onsite as well as offsite at Day Subaru in Moon Township.  We were able to have our Mobile Resource Center at Day Subaru which helped us show-off several of our adoptable cats and rabbits.  Many volunteers greeted car shoppers with available dogs and Day Subaru encouraged customers to come with their animals for photos with Santa.  Because of this we had one cat adoption offsite and brought potential adopters to the shelter.  Visitors to both Animal Friends and Day Subaru were challenged to “Stuff-a-Subaru” with donated supplies for Animal Friends residents and the Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon program.  

Through the combined efforts of Animal Friends, Day Apollo Subaru, Greene County Humane Society, and Four Footed Friends, 21 animals found their forever homes through the Share the Love Adoption Extravaganza.  Photos with Santa generated $95 for Animal Friends and an additional $82 was raised through general donations.

We can’t wait to have more events like this in the future! What a great way to help homeless pets in our region. Thanks to everyone who attended, donated and volunteered! 

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