Saturday, Aug 17, was Clear-the-Shelters day, where animals are available for waived or lowered adoption fees.
There are people within the animal rescue world who fear waived or lowered adoption fees result in bad adoptions. The data doesn’t appear to support that concern. The University of Florida conducted a study to assess adoptions from a June 2011 event in the San Francisco area where the adoption fees were waived. Surveys were sent to all 1,928 adopters 6-12 months post adoption. Of the 57% of adopters who completed the survey, 95% of cats were still in the home, 2% had been returned to the shelter, 95% were living primarily indoors, and 62% were sleeping on the family bed. The study concluded “Free adoption promotions may increase adoptions without compromising quality of life.”