September was even busier than August with 355 animals coming into our care (306 in August). We had some great adoptions last month but were very reliant on our transfer partner shelters. Such is the case because the number of cats and kittens we take in far exceeds the number of adoptive homes available for them. Greater participation in community events this fall will give adoptions a boost and get the word out about our community cat vouchers.
We will have dogs available for adoption at a community event each weekend this month. The largest of these will be Subaru Loves Pets on October 15th at Bob Wade Subaru. It’s a great way to showcase dogs that are sometimes overlooked in their kennels. I invite you to come out between 10am and 1pm and spend some time with us and our adoptable dogs and kittens.
Our community cat vouchers, free to residents of Rockingham County, help defer the intake of cats. Each cat altered through the voucher is also microchipped and registered to the caregiver. This ensures a responsible party for the cat and the opportunity to reunite the cat should it be brought into our care. We also offer resources to keep cats off your property for those that aren’t a fan of outdoor cats.
Pet reunification, adoption and transfer to partner shelters are the three ways we can create positive outcomes for the animals. We cannot rely on our transfer partner shelters forever. Decreasing the number of animals coming into our care by offering community cat vouchers and introducing new programming to keep pets in their homes is sustainable.
It is the support and generosity of compassionate individuals like you that make all of our efforts sustainable.