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

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
An adoptable dog, Josie, is pictured, Monday, July 24, 2017, in a kennel at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter.
  • 277 pets were adopted during Priceless Pets.
  • 12 new animals were available for adoption when the shelter opened today.
  • Donations made the adoption special possible.

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.

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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.

Paperwork on a cat's cage, Monday, July 24, 2017, lets people know that Lollipop has been adopted at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter. Lollipop was one of 277 animals adopted from the shelter during the Priceless Pets event.

"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."

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An adoptable dog named Norbie barks, Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter.

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. 

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"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.

A turtle waits to be adopted, Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter.
A dog waits inside a kennel, Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter.