BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It looks like the “Just One Day” adoption event at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society Wednesday was a huge success.
According the GBHS official Facebook page, 89 animals were adopted Wednesday. They say that includes all of their dogs and puppies that were eligible for adoption. Their two ferrets were even adopted!
The shelter stayed open Wednesday from 11 AM to 11 PM and charged only an $11 adoption fee for all of their animals. The event was a part a national event called “Just One Day.” Shelters across the country pledged to no euthanize a single animal for 24 hours. Instead they stayed open late to try to get as many animals adopted as possible.
A shelter spokesperson says they can’t maintain the deep discounted adoption fees for more than this one event, because it is so expensive to give all the animals the care they need.
“Even our normal adoption fee is well below the cost to care for our pets in terms of feeding, they all have their shots, they’re either spayed or neutered they’re micro-chipped; the whole works. And it’s expensive,” Nancy Ellis with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society said.
The shelter does still have cats available for adoption. They are running a special through the end of the month for cat and kitten adoptions. Cats are $25 and kittens under six months old are $40.
GBHS’s executive director told us Wednesday that if they cleared out the shelter, they would be able to move animals that were just recently surrendered up to the adoption floor. She says about 25 animals are dropped off every day, so the empty cages will not stay empty for very long.
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