As I was scrolling through Facebook the other day, an article appeared titled “NO-fee adoptions at Willamette Humane Society for Valentine’s Day weekend.” Being someone from a family who has adopted all of our pets from animal shelters, this immediately caught my attention so I had to click on it!
As you can tell from the name of the article, the Willamette Humane Society is having a special event the weekend of the 11 and 12, right before Valentine’s Day. Since the day is all about spreading the love, the Willamette Human Society took it as an opportunity to help give the public a little extra push to bring home an animal and “welcome a new family member into your heart just in time for Valentines Day.”
With the event being called “Full Hearts, Empty Kennels,” the shelter does a good job trying to pull at people’s heart strings to get their attention and by waiving adoption fees it hopes people will be more willing to take home an animal. This is probably encouraging a lot of traffic to the human society’s website which should result in at least some successful marketing for the shelter! However, if you are looking at the website for an animal don’t bank on reserving a pet, you’ll have to get their early if you have your eye on one!
In addition to the free adoptions, the Willamette Humane Society will also be hosting free workshops, will be handing out treat samples (for the animals) and will have a raffle including prizes for any pet owner supporting the event! While the main goal here is to get as many dogs and cats adopted as possible, the shelter also is trying to raise as much awareness as they can about animals shelters in general and about adoption options for people in the Keizer-Salem communities.
This event is definitely a “feel-good” story and will hopefully get people excited about supporting cute dogs and cats that need homes. The shelter did a good job getting its name out there as I have seen many people “share” it on Facebook and the story was covered by the local news Katu2’s website! It also did a great job of tying the event to a holiday everyone in Oregon knows about, especially a day meant for love and giving. Hopefully the event is successful in adopting out animals and brings more awareness to their shelter!