|Gonzo and Molly wait quietly at an adoption event.|
Whenever possible, hold a dog out of the crate so people can easily notice him or her and pet him or her. This makes the animals much more approachable to people, and really helps them get adopted. See, doesn't Cookie look very approachable in this picture? (We won't discuss the fact that after three adoption events she still isn't yet adopted...sigh).
|Cookie, looking approachable|
|The ever-helpful Roo collecting donations.|
Adoption events are mostly the same. We set up at an area PetSmart store and wait. People come by and pet the dogs and cats. Most of them make at least one of the three following statements:
"I wish I could take him but I already have "x number" of dogs or cats at home."
"If I could afford to, I would take you all home!" (Speaking to the cats/dogs, not the volunteers - I think)
"If my house was bigger/If I lived in the country, I would have "x number" of dogs or cats."
I think maybe they feel guilty for not adopting because most of the animals turn on their best "please save me" faces while they're in their crates. What the people don't realize is that the pathetic looks are the dogs' way of trying to get people to let them out of their crates and pet them. The dogs have no idea that people think they're begging for a home.
|Gonzo practicing his pathetic look.|
In addition to talking to people who walk by and answering questions about the foster pets, we also take dogs out for potty breaks (or clean up messes if they aren't taken out in time!), let the foster dogs play with each other, complete adoption paperwork for any adoptions, and just spend time with the animals. Most of the foster parents who bring their pets stay at these events so they can answer questions about their fosters, and we also have several volunteers who don't foster but are available to help with adoption events. These volunteers are so greatly appreciated because adoption events are a lot of work, and setting up for the event, taking care of the dogs during the event, and taking everything back down at the end of the day is exhausting. So if you can't foster but want to help, you can inquire of your local shelter or rescue group if they need help at adoption events.
Adoption events are a lot of work, but I always enjoy them. Not only do my foster pets get a chance to find a home, but I get to spend a day surrounded by good friends. So next time you see a shelter or rescue group at your area PetSmart or PetCo stores, stop by to visit the dogs, drop a dollar in the donation box if you can, and remember that there is a cash incentive being offered to whomever adopts Ziggy. He'll be waiting with his best pathetic look!
|Pleeease adopt me!|