Adopt-a-thon

Hello friends!

I’m going to change the pace and write something that will hopefully give you happy tears for a change – Imagine!

This weekend I had the pleasure of volunteering at an Adopt-a-thon. PetSmart and SPCA teamed up all weekend long to host PetSmart – NB’s first ever Adopt-a-thon – How exciting! We paired experienced SPCA volunteer handlers with an adoptable dog to create an interactive experience. There were also four SPCA cats up for adoption – you should see their adoption space, there’s even a play space in the back!

adoption center - cats
3 floors per cat kennel!
cat adoptions
Puuurrrrfect

PetSmart

PetSmart partners with non-profit animal shelters like the SPCA to create an interactive space for adoptable animals. Plus, they get tons more animal lovers coming through naturally. Our hope was to expose these little fur babies to a great experience and more – people who may be interested in giving them their forever home.

I believe PetSmart is only in Canada/US. Here’s a bit of background for my European/Aussie peeps! They are an all-in-one pet warehouse where they welcome you to come shop WITH your pet! Some locations may also have some of the following: Grooming, Overnight boarding, Training and Doggie Daycare. I’m usually all for supporting the little guy – i.e. small business, but I love me some PetSmart!

Back to the Adopt-a-thon!

To reduce the amount of returns completed like a Wal-Mart customer service desk, we ask a lot of questions up front. After all, we hope for a forever home, not a weekend stay.

  • Temperament testing sheets were available
  • Vaccinations were up to date
  • Volunteers were on hand to call references immediately (including 3 non family members and current/past vet contact)
  • Training: PetSmart trainers were present to speak to potential owners about helpful hints on whatever concerns they had. They also volunteered to help socialize any new adoptees to any new furry brothers/sisters.
  • Second thoughts? We were urged to tell people to think it through, take the night to think it through or bring their families in for a second visit.
  • Financials – PetSmart had these savvy sheets that outlined financial costs associated with dog ownership.
  • Spaying contracts – As all the dogs had been neutered we did not require spaying contracts to be signed.

We were ready. Doors opened, and it was time.

Meet the dogs

Chance:

I had a lovely 8 year old German Shepherd named Chance – appropriately named! His family had him for 8 years before surrendering him due to moving. A sad story, and one seen too often.

Lots of action
Chance meeting his new parents for the first time!
Chance outside
Bathroom break
Chance and Mike
It was love

Chances new parents saw him, and we took him for a walk outside together. I heard their story. They only adopt Senior’s, and call themselves the “Golden Oldies”. They’re mission is inspiring. They adopt Senior dogs and cats and give them a safe and happy place to live out their golden years. How AMAZING is that?

Chance had never lived with other animals before. They currently owned a 9 year old Bernese Mountain dog (*sigh*), a 7 year old Shepherd mix and 2 cats (14 and 16 years) on 20 beautiful acres of country space. Once we called their references, including their current vet, Chance went home with them. The lovely couple brought all 3 dogs in later the afternoon for a bath, so we got to see him again. Who doesn’t love a SPA DAY! They said Chance went into the house, sniffed everyone, grabbed a football and jumped up on the couch to have a nap.

Enjoy your new home my friend!

Mishka:

Mishka means mouse in Czech!
Mishka means mouse in Czech!

This little lovebug is 3 year old Lab/Retriever/Shepherd mix Mishka. Mishka’s been with us since November. She’s a sweetheart, with the focus and smarts of a Shepherd. What a terrific combo.

Mishka was found as a stray. Posters were put up, she was announced on the radio and a profile was made on the SPCA website and Facebook page. No responses. During testing, we found she can be slightly reactive to other dogs, but appeared fine other then that.

Mishka’s new family had been looking for a puppy. When they came in for catfood, they took home more then they had initially planned on. The connection they had was instantaneous. They’re references checked out, they had budgeted appropriately and their vet gave a glowing report! Mishka was adopted!

They also bought adult training sessions for Mishka to start working on her reactive nature, starting this week. Wins and tail wags for all.

The first family photo
A first family photo

Pepsi:

Pepsi teaching me to parle francais!
Pepsi teaching me to parle francais!

I know I’m not supposed to play favorites, but too bad – he’s it!

This dog has a better resume then I do! Pepsi is also our longest resident. He’s been with us since June 2012. He had been microchipped and spayed – proving he had been taken care of once. His family was contacted and they said they do not have the time/energy and did not want him back. He found the shelter a highly stressful environment and was put into a Foster home in December. Pepsi has come a LONG way. He’s extremely social and loves people and big dogs.

One small fault – Pepsi tries to herd anything smaller then him – it’s the Border Collie in him. What a great agility dog he would be!

Pepsi’s Resume

  • -Border Collie/Lab mix
  • – 3 year old
  • – High Energy
  • – bilingual
  • – SMART! This dog learned sit, sit/stay for 10 mins, down, paw, dance, crawl and beg in the matter of a 2 month span.
  • Check out his video here!

Pepsi did not get adopted, but is still looking for his forever home. I added him into the mix as I adored working with him and I wanted to showcase how amazing Foster Care can be. What a difference to the anxious dog I met months earlier.

These were the three dogs that I worked with during Saturday/Sunday. There were many others in attendance – Here are just a few others!

Bruno face
Bruno came to the SPCA a month ago. Badly frostbitten and with a split tail, Bruno rebounded amazingly. He met everyone with tail wags, smiles and a request for bellyrubs. A true ambassador for the Rottweiler breed.
Cupid face
Cupid a Pit mix, only 4 months old found his forever home finally on Saturday! He had been adopted twice before and returned both times. His owners found him too active – COMMON he’s a puppy!
Katie face
Katie’s going home to another sister boxer today!
Rex  -after
I thought Rex the Corgi/Terrier mix needed a little sprucing up. What a party animal.
Rex the corgi - before
That face!
Willer
Willer, an amazingly well behaved Shar-pei 7 year old mix! Willer impressed everyone, but still has yet to find his new home.

I’m proud to say that all in all, 8 new furry family members are sleeping in warm new beds as of Sunday. Meeting all these families first hand, I have no doubts that they will be amazing parents. It was an amazing experience to participate in.

I know all over Canada and the US, most PetSmart’s are partnership with a local Animal Shelter of their choice.

adoptable weekends

If you’re interested in participating – please do not hesitate to contact your local PetSmart to find out more.

Thanks for reading !

Dailyspro

*If you’re interested in any of the other dogs listed, please see monctonspca.ca for more information!

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8 thoughts on “Adopt-a-thon

  1. Well, what can you say but WOW! Well done everyone, especially the starring roles 🙂 There is nothing like that kind of partnership in Europe that we know of. Rescue organisations have special adoption days but not in commercial situations. Your requirements for adoptive parents sound impressive. That is often quoted as a barrier by people trying to adopt pets in the UK – the balance is hard. Do you know what the return rate is for the kind of adopt-a-thon you took part in?

  2. Hey Animal Couriers! Thanks for stopping by and checking out the post.
    It was a first here, so we’ll see – I’m hopeful that they all found great homes.

    I met all the new parents personally and they took the time to consult with the PetSmart trainers before taking them home – preparing them a bit more.

    The requirements for adopting a pet in our part of Canada are that you require 3 solid references (not family) to answer a questionnaire about what type of person/animal owner you are, they then call your vet to ensure there isn’t a history of animal abuse/neglect that they are aware of and you are required by contract to get your animal neutered if they are below 6 months. If the SPCA receives an animal, once healthy – they spay/neuter the animal before it is put up for adoption. They have partnered with the local Vet college to make this possible.

    So far, none of the pets that were adopted have been returned/rehomed. I find with the more questions asked up front, the returns are less frequent.

    Fingers crossed!

    Dailyspro

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