Thursday, March 22, 2012
It always amazes me how choosing a fun theme for just a single weekend can have such an amazing impact on an adoption event.
With just a few lucky shamrock bandanas, an army of energetic volunteers, and an equally enthusiastic shelter and rescue staff, this event went off with great style! Kudos to Amber Randall, No More Homeless Pets in Utah’s Shelter Outreach Coordinator, and to Kristiina Stromness, Volunteer Coordinator at NMHPU, for assembling such a great group of volunteers to prepare all of Salt Lake County Animal Services’ cats and dogs for this weekend! An informational cage card, a bath or brushing, and a smiling human face to answer a potential adopter’s questions goes a long way.
On Thursday afternoon, I stumbled into Salt Lake County Animals Services as a happy staff helper, with not much of an idea of what had been prepared or what to expect. My first surprise was an auditorium FULL of volunteers, who had already assembled almost every cat tower needed to showcase adoptable cats for the weekend! (and that’s not an easy job-those towers are beat up, heavy, and often held together by a few zip ties!) I was so impressed.
Friday’s kick off to the weekend’s event was well-represented, with a special media spotlight with the
Throughout the weekend, I felt like I was floating through a dream; so many people coming in and out the doors, so many volunteers willing to help and talking to people and cleaning up litter boxes without even being asked, and keeping dogs busy with toys and walks!
One of my favorite things about these events is that every volunteer seems to pick an animal (or two,
-Erin Olsen, Adoptions Coordinator