I just received word that the Cleveland Kennel is offering free adoptions (aka waiving the current $61 adoption fee) until June 7. This effort is in support of Ohio Animal Week, which celebrates animals and how they enrich our lives. Of course, if you can't adopt a new furry friend you can still donate to the kennel and help them with food and pet supplies.
6/5/2014 02:34:00 am
I have had mixed feelings about free adoptions in the past, because I felt that it promoted people who weren't ready to bring home a dog. But I spoke with a California rescue who only does free adoptions and has had a 100% success rate - they do a lot of work looking into where their dogs are going.
6/5/2014 03:12:51 pm
I totally agree. I think in general, there are a lot of people who get dogs or cats when they aren't ready for the commitment and a free adoption makes it a lot easier for them to have access. At the same time, free adoptions are a great way to get visibility and donations to the shelter that might not otherwise happen through normal adoptions. Many of the animals who arrive at this kennel were abused or neglected, and they are really big on foster programs. Also, because the kennel gets confused with the county shelter or the Cleveland APL, both which publicize their efforts significantly, many of these animals get overlooked. So, hopefully events like these will show people what great companions are out there waiting for a loving home!
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