LMAS Reaches Goal of Finding Homes for 100 Large Dogs During Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog-Month, Announces Extension of Dog Crate Giveaway

October 31, 2021

Popular promotion credited with increase in large dog adoptions was set to end on October 31st and will now be available to approved adopters of large dogs through November 30th

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) reaches its goal of 100 large dog adoptions during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog-Month in October and extends its free dog crate giveaway for large dog adoptions through Tuesday, Nov. 30th. The promotion is sponsored by the non-profit organization, the Friends of Metro Animal Services (FOMAS), and had been set to expire Oct. 31st.

“We are very happy with the increased interest in large dog adoptions as a result of this adoption promotion. Great pets come in all sizes,” said Ashley Book, LMAS interim shelter director. “Thanks to the support of the Friends of Metro Animal Services and the Pay It Forward Free Adoptions Program, more potential adopters are choosing to welcome a larger dog into their home while saving hundreds of dollars in adoption fees.”

FOMAS, a non-profit organization and the official fundraising partner of LMAS, initially paid for 100 crates to be gifted to new adopted large dogs, to raise awareness and interest in adopting large dogs that make up the majority population of homeless dogs in the LMAS shelter. The dog crate giveaway also aimed to minimize the chances of a newly adopted pet being returned to the shelter in the weeks after its adoption. The large and extra-large size crates can be expensive, ranging from $70 to $120.

“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 through fundraisers and public donations. The PIF Program allows LMAS to waive adoption fees for adult dogs, 40lbs. or more.

“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 dog 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 although donations are greatly appreciated.  Spay-Neuter, microchip, and vaccinations are included.  The dog crate giveaway ends Nov. 30th.

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.        


About LMAS: Louisville Metro Animal Services operates the city’s only open intake shelter, that for the fourth consecutive year, has not euthanized any pets for lack of time or space. The Harshaw Family Foundation Animal Shelter opened in 2020, creating one campus for all metro animal-related services. In addition to animal control, licensing and microchipping, LMAS offers free adoptions for certain shelter pets through the Pay It Forward Program, that is supported by the non-profit Friends of Metro Animal Services and public donations.

About FOMAS: Formed in 2009 as the 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising entity for Louisville Metro Animal Services. FOMAS encourages individual, business and corporate donations to support LMAS’ Pay It Forward Free Adoptions Program as well as programs and services critical to the care of incoming stray animals.

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