Animal House Rescue & Grooming: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
The funds were used to equip the new adoption-counseling room in our adoption-center building to perform adoptable-pet meet-and-greets and process adoptions away from the main lobby area. We purchased two refurbished computers so that our animal-care staff can utilize both when there are multiple adoptions (one inside the adoption-counseling room and one outside on the patio). The products purchased include an acrylic wall-mount display and bulletin board for adoption literature and resources for new adopters, two refurbished computers, storage bin, stacking chairs, side tables, copy paper, HP printer (for printing adoption paperwork), slip leads, dog toys, hand sanitizer, wall mount for SONOS speakers (playing shelter-appropriate music for clients and dogs), anti-fatigue mats, mobile stand-up desk/computer work station, and HP ink cartridges.
Animal House Rescue & Grooming relocated to a new permanent home in September of 2017. We have not previously had an indoor adoption-counseling room where potential adopters could meet and spend time with shelter dogs and then have the adoption processed in the same location. Adoptions were processed in the lobby, where general foot traffic was coming and going and the dog or puppy being adopted had to be put back in a kennel while the processing took place. The Adoption Options grant has allowed us to purchase all the supplies necessary to equip this room for meet-and-greets and process adoptions, allowing the new family to stay with the dog or puppy and complete all paperwork. It also allows us to promote a positive space dedicated to meet-and-greets where individuals and families are given privacy and not interrupted.
Between Sept. 25 and Dec. 1, 2017, the Adoption Counseling Room has facilitated 111 meet-and-greets and adoptions.
Monroe is a handsome and fluffy 6-year-old border collie mix who came to Animal House in August 2017. He is a soulful boy with expressive eyes who can be shy and nervous at first (and in his kennel), but who warms up when outside his kennel meeting people and going for walks. He enjoyed running and playing and gets along well with other dogs. When his interested family came to see him, our animal-care staff was quick to suggest a meet-and-greet in the adoption-counseling room so they could see how great Monroe really was. After a few minutes of sniffing and exploring, he did great! They had plenty of room to spend time getting to know him, playing, petting and giving him treats. It didn't take long for them to fall in love and make the decision to adopt Monroe! We truly believe that having this dedicated indoor, quiet space gave Monroe, a shy dog, the change to shine and for his family to choose to adopt him! Monroe was adopted on October 31, 2017.