I’m so sorry I missed this. My plans were to join this event, but unfortunately, I was very sick with the flu, but I will be there as soon as I can. I’m already approved, so very anxious to see which fur baby chooses me!
A Record-Breaking Success: Clear the Shelters 2023 Recap
In case you missed it, on August 13, we hosted a waived-fee adoption event alongside a pop-up thrift shop, for Clear the Shelters month, and we are overwhelmed at the positive response from our community! In fact, we adopted out the most cats EVER in a single day for our shelter: 31 cats went into loving homes as a result.
We also made a few hundreds of dollars in sales from our thrift store and Meow Mart and collected donations as well, and we are so incredibly grateful at how kind, supportive and generous our shelter visitors were.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
We also want to thank our amazing staff and volunteers for their tireless efforts getting ready for this event, including our animal care, adoptions, foster and management team to the fosters and volunteers that came in to help.
In addition, some of our partners showed up in a big way as well – thank you to KONG for providing toys for our adopter’s bags and Purfect Pose Photography for capturing so many special moments that day. We truly have such a fantastic community of animal lovers, and our hearts are full.
Check out some of the action in this TikTok from the day:
@catcaresociety FREE CAT ADOPTIONS TODAY! Lakewood, CO! #cleartheshelters #adoptdontshop #lakewoodcolorado #colorado #adoptacat ♬ Mr.Blue Sky – Elijah Ray
We know that there may have been concerns over the decision to waive adoption fees, and we truly appreciated the concern for our cats’ well-being. The decision to do a free adoptions day was made after much discussion and consideration by the shelter team. Please know that regardless of waived fees or special promotions for an event, we always do our due diligence. All interested adopters must fill out an application and be approved before bringing any cat home. It’s important to us to make sure all our cats end up in good homes committed to loving and caring for their cat, and we’ll never compromise these values.
There have even been multiple studies done by respected animal welfare groups that have found that waived adoption fees do not affect animals in any negative way:
- ASPCA: “Why Shelters Should Waive Cat Adoption Fees”
- Maddie’s Fund: “Outcome of Pets Adopted During a Waived-Fee Adoption Event: Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon”
- Best Friends: “Reduced Fee Adoptions: Why They Work“
We were so happy to be able to chat with several visitors that day and learned that many had only just heard of us through advertising for this event and were excited to come check us out. Others had been thinking of adopting and were just waiting for a special day like this to finally make the decision to bring a new friend home. Most even did their research beforehand and knew exactly which cat(s) they were interested in adopting! And many had filled out the application and went through all of the screening questions and process before even showing up. We have no doubts that all our cats went to great homes.
Once again, we thank each and every one of you that supported us for this event and made #CleartheShelters 2023 an incredibly positive, successful day.