Fenton, MI — December 26, 2019
Adopt-A-Pet Fenton is concluding a record-setting year. To date, the local pet placement center has assisted in finding homes for 1,382 dogs and cats in the greater Genesee County area. That number far exceeds any previous number of adoptions in the 40+ years the Fenton center has been operating.
With the Christmas holidays wrapping up Adopt-A-Pet Fenton expects to exceed the 1,400 number, an increase of 200 adoptions over the previous year’s record. Director Jody Maddock credits Fenton area residents with contributing in so many ways. “The community support we receive is amazing. Not just from people who open their homes to a new pet family member. But, from the willingness of everyone who comes out to support our events and donate so generously to our fundraising efforts.”
Adopt-A-Pet Fenton receives no governmental assistance, it is supported solely by the generosity of animal lovers in Fenton and surrounding communities. Local support comes in the form of cash donations, fundraisers, and hours volunteered.
Keys to Success
When asked what she attributes the growing success to, Jody quickly responds; “we are special.” Several things go into that description.
Working with individuals or families that wish to adopt is more than just selecting a dog or cat. Making sure the pet is a good fit for the home, having a defined care policy identified for the new household addition is important, and the efforts of volunteers pay off in so many different ways.
“We have people who come in just to spend time with our dogs and cats. Animals that interact with volunteers are so much happier and outgoing. It’s great fun for both.” Said Jody. “We also have foster homes for some of our animals, spending time away from the kennel allows the pet’s personality to come out and helps us determine the type of home they might be best suited for. Adoption counselors use this information to let prospective families know the type of pet they are considering adopting.”
Adopt-A-Pet Fenton is known for taking on difficult assignments. Pets that have been abandoned or abused, those with disabilities or severe medical conditions. Each case is treated by professional veterinarians with loving care. The center spent $108,000 over and above basic care for rescued animals this past year. None of the costs are passed on to the adoptive families.
Adoption is still a very inexpensive means of acquiring a loving pet. For a spayed or neutered animal with all vaccinations and an embedded microchip, adoption fees start as low as $40.
Local businesses support the center with Adoption Events, local pet stores are a source of referrals for prospective families. The Adopt-A-Pet website lists a number of ways you can give to this organization that provides so generously to pets and pet lovers in our community.
Donation events, like the upcoming Euchre Tournament: January 19th, 2020 at Mike’s Tavern are another way of assisting in raising funds for the pet charity.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the Adopt-A-Pet Schedule. Look to The Lasco Press for additional information and event coverage as the activities draw closer. Pick a fun activity and step up to help pets looking for a family to adopt.
- Wags & Whiskers Auction & Dinner Event: February 29th, 2020 at Camp Copneconic
- Kitten Shower: April 25th, 2020 at Adopt-A-Pet
- Golf Outing: May 16th, 2020 at Fenton Farms Golf Club
- Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo Adoption Event: May 15th & 16th at the Detroit Zoo parking lot
- Picnic: July 18th, 2020 at Adopt-A-Pet
- Pet Fest Adoption Event: August 18th at Genesys Health Park
- Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo Adoption Event: September 25 & 26, 2020
- Spaghetti Dinner: October 6th, 2020 at Brick Street Bar and Grill
- The Howling Haunted Trail: October 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 2020