The Lloydminster and District SPCA has surpassed their goal with last month’s “Name Your Price” Adoption Event.
The adoption drive saw prospective pet owners choose what they were going to pay to take their new animal to its forever home. The event cleared out all the cats from the shelter, with a total of 36 being adopted. The event’s original goal was 30. Some dogs and most of their guinea pig population was also adopted as well.
The event took the place of the “Clear Our Shelters” event, a Saskatchewan-wide initiative that had to be put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SPCA Community Outreach Manager Becca Lawerence says while the event was a success, they’re already planning for the future, as there are more animals to help in the community.
“Probably by the end of next we’re going to be filled up again. We’re going through our waiting list right now, so we’re calling everybody on there that we have the space for, so yes, we anticipate by the end of next week we’ll be full again.”
While people got a deal on the adoption fees, Lawerence is reminding people to be conscious of the other costs associated with a pet before adopting. These include food costs, regular check-ups and emergency vet visits, among others. One of the ways people can prepare themselves, she explains, is by picking up pet insurance.
“Depending on who you’re with, some of [the policies] are 80 to 90 per cent coverage. It doesn’t cover your regular vet visits, but if anything were to happen it covers the majority of that accident.”
The Lloydminster and District SPCA is currently looking to do another adoption drive in October, and then around Christmas.