Wexford County Adopt-a-Thon a Success: 27 Pets Adopted

The Adopt-a-Thon held at the Wexford County Animal Shelter on Saturday, October 12th. Unlike the open house event in July, this event was focused on adopting the animals and the county commissioners approved paying for FREE spay/neuters for all animals adopted on that day. Incentives are a great way to get people motivated to adopt if they’ve been thinking about it and this Adopt-a-Thon certainly proved that point.

First adoption of the day! Photo credit: Animals Up for Adoption at the Wexford County Animal Shelter Facebook site.

First adoption of the day! Photo credit: Judy Nicols, Wexford County Shelter Shares Facebook site.

Michael McCready, a Wexford resident who is involved in monitoring shelter activities and improvements, got the Adopt-a-Thon ball rolling by talking to the Undersheriff about holding such an event this fall. Volunteers got together with Animal Control Officers and the county to make it happen.

Photo credit: Animals Up for Adoption at the Wexford County Animal Shelter Facebook site.

Photo credit: Judy Nicols, Wexford County Shelter Shares Facebook site.

Photo credit: Animals Up for Adoption at the Wexford County Animal Shelter Facebook site.

Photo credit: Judy Nicols, Wexford County Shelter Shares Facebook site.

In addition to the Adopt-a-Thon, other improvements are happening in the kitty room thanks to the volunteers. Animal shelter photographer Katie Lorenz worked on getting a bulletin board so that information can be posted about the adoptable kitties. With the help of Anna Souto, she was able to get a donated board to hang. Katie also brought in some prints to hang on the walls to make the room more inviting.

Katie's prints on the wall

Katie’s prints on the wall

Volunteer Janice Johnson ordered kitty bowls with the help of volunteer Crystal Johnson that attach to the bars of the cat cage doors, making more floor space available for the cramped cat cages.

1 black and white kitty

2 open cage

3 cage only with stuff

4 all cages

These "cat scratchers" were donated months ago. The ACO's finally got them out for the cats recently.

These “cat scratchers” were donated months ago. The ACO’s finally got them out for the cats recently.

The cats really LOVE these cat scratchers!

The cats really LOVE these cat scratchers!

7 cat laying down

Smaller litter boxes were also bought for the same reason by Janice and Katie. Another volunteer named Iola has been busy making fabric mats for the kitties to sleep on instead of newspapers. The kitties lives are definitely changing for the better!

Speaking of the cats in the shelter, there is definitely a need for more kitty volunteers to stop by the shelter and play with them, brush them and give them some lovin’. If you are interested in volunteering, there are some forms to read below as well as policies of the shelter to get acquainted with.

wexford co volunteer forms

wexford county policies new oct 2013

The kitties would REALLY love some more cat scratchers. They give the cats something to do as well as give them “ownership” of their cage, which reduces stress. Unlike everything else in the cage that gets washed, the cat scratchers will keep the scent of the cat on them and help them to chill out in their cage. They are called “Scratch Bricks” with the company at this link.

There is also a wish list for the animal shelter here. Please consider donating for the cats and dogs at the shelter.

More Adopt-a-Thon photos can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1423761887836861.1073741930.1395562600656790&type=1

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4 thoughts on “Wexford County Adopt-a-Thon a Success: 27 Pets Adopted

  1. Joann Padgett October 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm Reply

    CORRECTION: Pictures courtesy of Judy Nichols, Wexford Shelter Share

    • Pet Friends Magazine October 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm Reply

      Done. The photos were taken off the Animals Up for Adoption Facebook page but I went back to the posting and see that it was a posting from the other site.

    • Mike Filkins October 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm Reply

      …and, according to the Sheriff’s Dept. the Adopt-a-Thon was the brain child of Judy Nichols!

      • Pet Friends Magazine October 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        Guess the Sheriff’s Department is lying since Mike McCready got the ball rolling – and there is a witness to him discussing the idea with the ACOs. MikeM

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