Yesterday, while many shelters around the metro area were closed, the KC Pet Project was open. But beyond being open on a day when most people have the day off (a goal of ours to maximize opportunities to see our adoptables), we promoted ourselves as being open with $25 adoptions all day.
The media was very kind, and covered the event (the linked piece ran like 6 times during various news times).
And the crowd of people formed. The picture to the left is the line of people waiting to get into our shelter when the doors opened at noon. Because of the huge crowds, it took us 2, sometimes 3 hours to get all of the adoptions processed -- and people patiently waited with us on a 100+ degree day, and on a holiday, to wait for their forever canine and feline companion.
By the time the day was done, we had processed 77 total adoptions (a 1-day record for us). There is another stack of 20 or so that are coming back today to finish up their paperwork.
The shelter is now emptied out for the expected influx of canines that will come in after last night's fireworkds, and our staff can begin working to reunite those animals with their owners.
It was a good day. An exhausting day. But I can't think of a better way to spend a holiday than with good people looking to provide good homes to these pets. Thank you to all who came out and braved the heat. And thanks to our amazing staff and volunteers that helped make it all possible.