Hundreds of shelter pets found homes last week
More pets were adopted last week than are usually adopted in a month, according to the shelter director
FARMINGTON — There were a dozen animals available for adoption when the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter opened this morning. None of them were at the shelter a week ago when the Priceless Pets adoption event waived fees for all animals.
"It was absolutely fabulous," said Betty Behry, chairwoman of the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter Foundation. "We cleaned out the shelter."
Just over $11,000 in adoption fees were covered by donations from an anonymous donor and the foundation, shelter director Stacie Voss said.
She said by noon on the first day of the event there were only a handful of pets left at the shelter.
"It was just simply so gratifying," she said. "The people who adopted them were so excited."
Priceless Pets was a week-long event that ended Sunday. Last week, 277 animals were adopted, according to Voss. She said the shelter averages 200 adoptions a month.
"We did more in a week than we usually do in a month," she said.
Two rows of dog kennels were closed for cleaning today. The lights were off and there were signs on the doors telling people not to enter. Two more rows of kennels held adopted dogs that were waiting for their new owners to come pick them up. Signs on almost every cat cage read "adopted."
While 277 animals were adopted, Voss said the shelter gets new animals every day. There were six dogs, three cats, two rats and a turtle available for adoption this morning.
While the waived adoption fees may have encouraged people to adopt, Voss said the community awareness may have also contributed.
"I think a lot of people just want to be a part of something," she said.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.