Just got this update from the Dallas Animal Services team including photos about yesterday’s adoptions and the one kitty named Simba, who was just too overwhelmed by all the activities that she didn’t let her calico personality impress prospective human companions.
“We’ve had several offers to pay the fee for Simba and a couple to adopt her.
“You know the weirdest thing? People didn’t care about the fee. When we ran out of animals about 2:30, we started telling people as they came in the front door that we had no more free animals but they could pre-adopt, at full price, any of the animals in Lost & Found. I was afraid people would turn around, but they didn’t. Not one person turned away. Many said they didn’t care. Some –I don’t know how many – of those 149 were full price adoptions. 22 more at the EAC – people drove from DAS to North Dallas and paid full price to be part of the answer. This was truly about the public finding a way to help shelters ease the overcrowding. I did not expect that.”
Saturday 149 animals left Dallas Animal Services for couches, laps and new lives. The entire Empty The Shelters program resulted in more than 2,200 animals being adopted through 33 North Texas animal shelters. This amazing program was underwritten by ASPCA to the tune of $20,000. It was two years in the making. Thank you notes should be written immediately.