The inaugural pet adoption day hosted by the Yadkin County Animal Shelter was a great success, organizers said. Despite dreary weather on Saturday morning, a line formed at the door with area residents eager for a chance to adopt a pet or get a rabies vaccine for their pet.
The goal of the event, which was scheduled to coincide with the shelter’s biannual rabies clinic as well as national adopt a shelter pet day, was to get a large majority of the animals adopted out to forever homes. Jessica Wall, assistant director of human services, said that goal was nearly met. There were a total of 17 pet adoptions as well as 30 rabies vaccines given.
The convenience of the weekend rabies clinic is what drew some out to the event.
“It’s so much easier especially with work schedules and all,” said Lisa Green, who brought her dog Hurley for his rabies vaccine.
Shelter employee Matthew Douglas said a number of folks had come out early for the event to find an animal to adopt.
“We’ve never done the adoption event so this is a big thing for us,” he said.
The Poplin family was among those excited to bring a new cat home with them.
Even those who didn’t find exactly what they were looking for were happy for a chance to visit the animals at the shelter.
Pam Garrison was looking for a kitten for a friend and though she didn’t find one, she enjoyed petting the cats in the shelter’s cat room.
“I’m so happy to see these animals being adopted and going out the door, it just makes you smile,” she said.
Shelter volunteer Peggy Beavers agreed it was wonderful day at the shelter.
“This is just a fun day, a great opportunity for people to get a dog and it’s exciting for all the staff and the volunteers and exciting for the dogs to get a new home,” she said.
Wall said the event would hopefully become an annual one and based on this year’s success they do hope to continue the tradition.
“We feel like the event was very successful and we were thrilled to see so many new faces from our community,” said Shelter Manager Jason Roels. “We are grateful for all those who came out to support their local animal shelter and shelter animals and thankful for all the help we received from our volunteers. We look forward to doing more events like this in the future.”
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