Animal shelters all over are getting in on the spirit Black Friday. A Nov. 28, 2014 article in The Consumerist says shelters and rescues offer their own “doorbuster” deals, except some are aimed at “busting” the doors off the cages of their darker-furred pets by encouraging people to adopt black cats and dogs. Others are focusing on getting people to adopt adult cats and dogs, instead of kittens and puppies. All seem to focus generally on hard-to-adopt pets.
According to ABC 7 Chicago, PAWS Chicago offered one of these Black Friday deals, which actually goes through the entire weekend. PAWS is Chicago’s biggest no-kill shelter, so they’re sometimes overflowing with homeless pets in search of loving homes. According to PAWS, black cats and dogs tend to stay in shelters twice as long as pets of other colors. PAWS’ deal is 50% off of the adoption fee, and they will be open between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
The ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan had its own Black Friday deal. They focused on trying to get people to adopt adult cats, and waived the entire adoption fee in those cases. The adoption fees for kittens were more than half off in the same deal.
In Massachusetts, the Dakin Animal Shelter offered cats that were at least five years old for a mere five-dollar adoption fee. This fee also applied to cats that were specially selected for the Black Friday event. An article on Masslive.com had a statement from their press release, which said, “These reduced adoption fee events are meant to help Dakin find homes for animals who have been waiting for adoption for a longer period of time than usual.”
Ft. Wayne Animal Care and Control, in Indiana, offered pets for a $10 adoption fee, but for a very short time on Black Friday. According to WANE.com, the fee covered everything from the distemper vaccine for both cats and dogs to microchipping, and spaying and neutering. It even included a donated health exam and a small, starter bag of food.
It’s important to note that it’s never a good idea to give pets as a surprise gift. If you’re considering adopting a pet as a gift for someone else, talk it over with them first. Make sure that they know the responsibility they’re taking on, and that they really do want this pet. Then, go pick out their pet together, and offer to pay the adoption fee and the other associated costs as the gift.
Avoid adopting a pet as a novelty gift for your children, also. If you want to adopt a pet for your children, be sure that they’re really ready for the responsibility, really want it, and you should be willing to take time to teach them how to care for their pet. Also, be willing to supervise their care and treatment of their pet, and take over the pet’s care if your child seems to lose interest no matter what you do.
If you’ve decided that a new pet in time for the holidays is truly the right decision for everyone involved and for the pet, then take a look in your local shelter. Many other shelters all over the country had Black Friday adoption deals, too. Some places, besides PAWS Chicago, have likely extended their adoption events through the weekend.