This weekend, Kansas City Pet Project, and 2 other area shelters, are a part of the ASPCA Mega Match A Thon. It has been an amazing event for us in the past and this year appears to be no different. On Friday, day 1 of our 3 day event, we did 81 adoptions -- getting us well on our way to our goal of 200 over the course of the weekend. 81 surpasses our single day adoption record of 77 that we did on the 4th of July 2012.
One of the many challenges in pulling off a big adoption event like this is that we have a lot of adopters come in, and a lot of volunteers helping these adopters. That's not the problem, except that sometimes it's a challenge for volunteers (and staff, or me for that matter) to make good matches between dogs and adopters because they don't know the personalities of all 300 dogs on sight (and we rotate animals through on average of every 14 days, so they're not there for long usually).
The cards are a fun way to help adopters quickly determine important things like energy level, personality, ability to live with cats, children and other dogs -- so that people can quickly identify pets that will fit their wishes and lifestyle.
As we like to say, we have a dog for just about everyone, but not every dog will work for everyone.
It was really fun, and impressive to watch the adopters walking through the kennels yesterday with their "key cards" as they looked for the match for their family.
And in the spirit of "meeting your match" I thinks this was a great way to make adopting a dog easier, more fun, and more streamlined.