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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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