LMAS Celebrates Adopt-ober with Free Dog Crates Included with Every Large-Breed Dog Adoption
Agency seeks to raise awareness of Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month and number of large breeds in shelter, sets goal of finding homes for 100 by October 31st
In recognition of October being Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog-Month, Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) sets a goal of 100 large-breed dog adoptions by Oct. 31st, with their adopters receiving a free dog crate for their new, four-legged companion. The dog crates, each with an estimated value of $70, were paid for by the official fundraising entity for LMAS, the non-profit organization, the Friends of Metro Animal Services (FOMAS).
“We want to make sure when a family welcomes a shelter pet into their home, they are set up for success so that pet doesn’t get returned to the shelter,” said Cathy Zion, FOMAS Board Chairperson. “Dog crates are great for the adjustment period and beyond, and signals to a new pet that they’ll always have space that’s their own.”
In addition to funding the dog crate giveaway, FOMAS also supports the Pay It Forward Free Adoptions (PIF) Program, which allows LMAS to waive adoption fees for adult dogs, 40lbs. or more. FOMAS funds the PIF program through fundraisers and public donations. Since its inception in January 2017, the PIF program which never expires, has found homes for thousands of larger breed dogs that entered the LMAS shelter.
“Most adopters are looking for popular small breeds and puppies, and so they often overlook large breed dogs Many times, families are not completely opposed to adopting a large breed, they just had never considered giving one a home,” said Teeya Barnes, LMAS public information specialist. “The PIF program gives our adoption coordinators an opportunity to share with potential adopters, the plight of large breed dogs in local animal shelters. Waiving the adoption fee and including a free crate is great incentive for considering welcoming a large breed dog into the family.”
The first few days in a new home can be stressful for a rescue dog, who must adjust to new people, a new environment, and a new routine. Gifting dog crates to newly adopted pets provides a place to retreat, where they will feel safe. Additional benefits of dog crates include being a great tool for house-training a puppy or new pet, a place to relax, sleep or nap; and can keep dogs out of mischief, when left unsupervised. Crates are also perfect for travel and trips to the veterinarian office.
Adopters of large breed dogs, 40lbs. or more, will not pay an adoption fee, thanks to FOMAS and the PIF Program however, donations are always appreciated. Spay-Neuter, microchip and vaccinations are included. The dog crate giveaway ends Oct. 31st, or when supplies run out. LMAS also has an Adopt-ober BOGO Kitten Special for a $25 donation, which also includes spay-neuter, microchip, and vaccinations.
LMAS’ Animal House Adoption Center is located at 3516 Newburg Road. Walk-ins are welcome from 12-6pm daily. Adoption fees are waived but there is still a review and approval process. Jefferson County residents must also purchase a one-year, renewable pet license - a requirement of the Louisville Animal Ordinance.
For more information about PIF adoptions and LMAS’ other adoption programs, and to view adoptable pets or complete an adoption application, visit louisvilleky.gov/animalservices.
For more information about FOMAS or to make a donation to the PIF program, visit fomaslou.org.