Pay it Forward Explained

February 27, 2018

Pay It Forward is paying off for Metro Animal Services and its shelter pets. Hundreds of cats and dogs have been adopted into loving homes for FREE since the program began! Pay It Forward relies on donations which allows LMAS to waive adoption fees for certain cats and dogs. Below explains how the program works.

What is Pay It Forward  Friends of Metro Animal Services, a local nonprofit organization, initially donated $1,000 to cover free adoptions. FOMAS raised funds during its first-ever Pet Photos with Santa event at Animal House Adoption Center in 2016. An overwhelming success, the fundraiser paved the way for the first free adoptions of shelter pets. A variety of fundraisers continue to support the program. 

How Does It Work  Fundraising events and private donations continue to fund Pay It Forward, allowing LMAS to waive adoption fees for cats older than 6 months, large breed dogs weighing 40 lbs. or more and senior shelter pets. 

A minimum donation is required to adopt small breed dogs, puppies and kittens that do not fall under the PIF program. All adult dogs under 40 lbs. and puppies require a $150 donation to the Pay It Forward program. The minimum donation is $100 for kittens under 6 months of age. Of course, you can donate any amount to help cover the cost of future adoptions. 

Why You Should Adopt from LMAS  Adopting instead of shopping saves lives. Shelter adoptions allow LMAS to prevent overcrowding, eliminating euthanization because of lack of space. Shelter adoptions are also much cheaper than going to a breeder or store. You could easily spend $200 or more on just the adoption. Donations to our Pay it Forward program not only cover the adoption fee, but also the cost of spay/neuter surgery, a microchip and all vaccinations. Expect to pay a lot more elsewhere.

What is the Adoption Process While LMAS is waiving adoption fees for certain shelter pets, it is not waiving the adoption process. You must fill out an application and be approved before taking home a furry companion!

If you would like to adopt from LMAS, you can view our adoptable pets here or at Animal House Adoption Center (3516 Newburg Road). You do not have to reside in Jefferson County to adopt from LMAS.

Want to Help but Can’t Adopt We appreciate all donations to keep our Pay It Forward program going and save the lives of shelter pets. You can donate any amount to FOMAS/Pay it Forward. Donate $75 or more and you’ll receive a free t-shirt saying "I Paid it Forward." To make a donation, click here or visit Animal House Adoption Center (3516 Newburg Road).

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