‘Give everyone a Home for the Holidays’

High praise received for creative adoption efforts

During the month of October, in an effort to decrease the amount of time cats spent in the shelter environment, Northwoods Humane Society tried a new adoption promotion. At the end of the month, the results were staggering: 81 cats were adopted, including 26 adult cats who were included in the adoption promotion.

After the October program ended, Brenda Farr Zelinka, Northwoods’ executive director, reported the success to the board of directors, and after discussion, the board voted unanimously to extend the promotion through the end of 2013 holiday season, leading to the name “Give Everyone a Home for the Holidays.”

Later that week, Farr Zelinka received a surprising call from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recognizing and praising Northwoods’ creative efforts to increase adoptions. The ASPCA, one of the largest humane societies in the world, stated they had been following NHS’s website and Facebook page for updates on the adoption program and the included cats. Farr Zelinka stated she was “shocked” and “surprised that such a large organization would notice us and our efforts here in Wyoming.”

Currently, there are 13 adult cats that will qualify for the reduced adoption fee. The cats that qualify for $1 adoption fee (plus tax; no other discounts apply) are those cats that are at least 2 years of age. Cats under 2 years of age and all dogs are still available for adoption at the low adoption rates Northwoods has always had. As the community animal shelter is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, those adopters who want to make a donation in lieu of a cat’s regular adoption fee can still do so and will be provided a receipt for their tax-deductible donation.

For more information about the adoption promotion or how to support Northwoods, visit http://www.northwoodshs.org, call 651-982-0240, or visit the shelter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northwoodshs.

Adoption hours: Monday – Friday: 1-6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday: 12-4 p.m. Northwoods’ mailing address is 7153 Lake Blvd., P.O. Box 264, Wyoming, MN 55092.

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