The event is going on through 6 pm today, Sunday! I took a few pictures yesterday, but the battery died and I didn’t have any with me, so very few pictures. I already loaded the camera with fresh ones and packed a few extra so I can take more pictures tomorrow.
I didn’t check, but believe we adopted out about 3 kittens during the first 24 hours of the event and had a couple of applications. I could be wrong, though, maybe the numbers are higher.
It just seems like summer is really a dismal time for the center. Since I only started volunteering a couple of weeks before last Christmas, this is my first summer at the center, so I can’t be sure it’s always like this.
But the adoption numbers are much lower than what I saw during my first 3 or 4 months working at the center. Even more shocking is to see kittens and kitties who would never have lasted more than a week or a couple of days at the center, and who now spend weeks there, looking for a home.
I guess with kids on vacation and most people traveling, people aren’t really looking to adopt new pets right now. Another factor is probably that the location of our center is sort of on the way to the shore, so many people who stop by the center these days are from other states and just stopped by to get food for their pets as they head to the shore, so it’s not really a time to be picking up a new kitty or kitten.
It’s also nice to get to see other kitties who might not come to the center otherwise. With the limited number of cages at the center, we never get to see so many kitties around!
And then, all of a sudden, you find an old friend sitting among the new people you dont’ know. Gracie was there, all cute and sweet as she always was! This girl was at the center for a few weeks a couple of months ago and, strangely enough, the other day I was thinking about her and wondering if she had been adopted or returned to her foster.