Puppies don’t have to do much to get adopters’ attention, but what about your golden oldies? Take a look at what your colleagues at shelters all across the country are doing to find homes for the canine senior citizens in their care. Got a program of your own to share? Tell us about it in the comment box.
Adopt-A-Dino-Dog Week Animal Foundation, Las Vegas, NV
What’s in a name? We think a whole lot, based on the press and public response to this nifty promo.
The Nevada agency put their own spin on Dinosaur Day (June 1st, who knew?) by naming June 1-7 Adopt -A-Dino-Dog Week. All senior dogs (3 years and up) were $75, reduced from their regular $105-$155 age/size-based fee. The response? “We adopted over 40 senior dogs, and the publicity brought so many people to our shelter that we had two consecutive days with another 50 total dog adoptions,” Animal Foundation told us. “People loved the promotion and can’t wait for us to do it again.”
Golden Girls Austin Pets Alive, Austin, TX
As a reader of this blog, you may have heard us mention—oh, once or twice—the value of smart language when it comes to getting your animals adopted. Are adopters going to give a second look to “old dogs”? Probably not. But they will pay attention to “Golden Girls,” “Dame of Boxerton,” and “Duchess of Labberville."
P.S. Stunning photos like this don’t hurt either.
Seniors Helping Seniors Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine, CA
Thanks to generous public donations, folks 62 and up can adopt a senior pet at IACC for free—and for those who haven’t reached the “senior pet adopting” age, this 2010 ASPCA $100K Challenge contestant has reduced the adoption fee for senior dogs to $65.
Oldies But Goodies City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, San Antonio, TX
In an effort to encourage the adoption of their elder statesdogs, this Texas agency started the “Oldies But Goodies” program, in which adoption fees for dog older than five years old have been permanently reduced to $50 for dogs (and $15 for cats, FYI).
Adopt-a-Senior Month Retriever Rescue of Colorado, Denver, CO
July is Adopt-a-Senior Month over at RROC! “It’s time to go home,” they write on their flyer. We love the special page on their website dedicated entirely to the seniors available for adoption at a discounted price.
Senior Connections Butte Humane Society, Chico, CA This 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge contestant is now offering a fee-waived program for seniors—individuals who are 60 and up can adopt senior pets (dogs, 8 years and older—that includes 12-year-old Joanna, shown here) for free. Check out the nice description of the program on their website
Seniors Adopting Seniors McKamey Animal Care & Adoption Center, Chattanooga, TN
“Any animal 8 years or older has a half-off adoption fee, AND any adopter 65 years or older also gets half-off their adoption fee. When a senior adopts a senior, such as Robert Johnson and Lila Belle, shown here, there is no adoption fee at all!”
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