FARMINGTON — A low-cost adoption event held last week at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter resulted in more than 100 animals being adopted, but the facility’s manager says the shelter has already started to fill up again.
During the event, which took place June 14-18, the animals were available for adoption for just $5, with other costs associated with their adoption covered by a donation from the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter Foundation Inc. Stacie Voss, director of animal welfare at the shelter, said 52 cats and 58 dogs were adopted during those five days. “It was pretty good, but not as good as past events,” she said.
The shelter last held a low-cost adoption event from December 6-18, 2021, and that event saw 160 animals find new homes. This event was sponsored by the BISSELL Pet Foundation, and pets were available for a $20 fee.
The impact of 110 animals leaving the shelter last week was short-lived, Voss said, explaining that the shelter received 37 animals in one day earlier this week.
“We are full again,” she said.
Voss said she doesn’t know why the low-cost adoption event hasn’t been as successful as other similar events in the past. But she said the Farmington shelter experience is similar to what other facilities are going through these days. “I think it’s a combination of factors,” she said. “Many shelters across the country are seeing much lower numbers of adoptions. And we haven’t been able to transfer as many animals to other shelters because of that.”
Voss speculated that the state of the economy has put a damper on pet adoptions, with many families unwilling to bear the expense of getting and/or maintaining a pet. .
Various media reports indicate that while pet adoptions increased in the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, they dropped significantly in 2022. An estimate in March indicated there were 100,000 dogs and more cats in shelters than there were in 2022.
Voss encouraged anyone looking for a furry companion to visit a facility like hers rather than going through a breeder or retail outlet.
“It’s been a tough summer for us,” she said. “So if people are looking for an animal to adopt, they should consider adopting, not buying an animal.”
While Voss said she had hoped to see all of the animals at the shelter go home with a family during the event, she still enjoys the feeling she gets seeing so many adopted animals in a short time.
“It’s always gratifying,” she said, noting that virtually all of the shelter’s puppies and some of her longtime older dogs found homes during the event. “But we already have a bunch of new puppies.”
Anyone interested in adopting an animal from the shelter can call 505-599-1098 or visit fmtn.org/AnimalShelter.
Mike Easterling can be reached at 505-564-4610 or [email protected]
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