LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Some animal shelters see adoption numbers fall with the temperatures in the wintertime. This year the Almost Home Humane Society is having a different experience.
The Lafayette shelter’s executive director, Stacy Rogers, said adoption numbers are actually up.
Rogers said from December to February the shelter adopted out 450 pets. That’s 60 more than last year.
Rogers said since this winter was especially harsh she was not expecting to see these current numbers.
“We were really kind of surprised because we were closed a few days because of inclement weather,” Rogers said. “People were not wanting to get out. Still, when the days were nice enough they were coming out and adopting.”
Rogers credits the recognition the Humane Society got after competing in the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100,000 Challenge with the large adoption numbers. Last year the shelter finished second in the largest number of adoptions in its division which got the shelter $30,000.
“It got the word out about how great the animals were, and really choosing to adopt and not shop for your pet,” Rogers said. “I’m hoping it’s that publicity that is kind of pushing us to have an even more successful year for adoptions.”
Rogers said she has been using the money to off set adoption costs, so the shelter can have more adoption specials. The Humane Society is trying to have a new adoption special every month.
“Right now we are doing adopt your lucky charm, it’s magically deal-icious,” Rogers said. “All of our pets are marked with lucky charms for Saint Patrick’s Day through [Sunday].”
Rogers only sees adoption numbers growing when kitten season comes around during the summer months.