Nearly 200 animals adopted during shelter's 'Priceless Pets' event

Anonymous donor covered $12k in fees, other expenses

Mike Easterling
Farmington Daily Times
Bloomfield resident Shantel Esparza, left, gets to know a shelter dog while Mikayla Nourse watches July 26 during the "Priceless Pets" event at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter.
  • A total of 186 dogs and cats, and three "critters" were adopted during the three-day event.
  • A total of 277 animals were adopted during last year's event, which lasted seven days.
  • By Friday, the shelter already had 60 dogs and 75 cats in its custody.

FARMINGTON — The "Priceless Pets" adoption drive that took place last week at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter wasn't quite as successful as the inaugural version of the event in 2017, but it still succeeded in finding new homes for nearly 200 animals.

Stacie Voss, the shelter's animal welfare director, said 185 dogs and cats, and three "critters" were adopted during the event, which ran from Jan. 26-28. An anonymous donor covered the shelter's normal adoption fees on those days and provided additional funding that allowed shelter personnel to prepare for the event, including some spaying and neutering services, amounting to a total donation of more than $12,000, she said.

Those 188 adoptions didn't quite empty out the shelter, Voss said, explaining that approximately 13 dogs and more than 50 cats remained when the event was over. During last year's first "Priceless Pets" event, every animal in the shelter — a total of 277 — was adopted. But Voss was still pleased with this year's response, noting that last year's event lasted for seven days, as opposed to this year's three-day run.

"I thought it went a lot smoother (this year)," she said. "People got to spend a lot more time with the animals."

The sizable reduction in the shelter's population is a welcome development for reasons other than providing a chance for the animals to find a new home, Voss said. It also allows the shelter staff to hit the reset button, if only for a few days.

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"Exactly — it gives us a little bit of room to breathe," she said, explaining that shelter employees had time to do some deep cleaning and maintenance work they needed to catch up on.

That respite didn't last long. By Friday, six days after the event ended, Voss said the shelter already had 60 dogs and 75 cats in its custody again. She didn't expect it would be long before the facility was operating at near capacity again.

Voss expressed her gratitude not just to the donor who funded the adoptions, but to other people who helped with the adoption event, as well.

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"I want to say thank you to our foundation for sponsoring this and all the volunteers for staffing the event," she said. "We certainly couldn't do it without their help."

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Mike Easterling is the night editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.