WALLA WALLA - Sometimes more is better.
At 4 p.m. Friday, the Blue Mountain Humane Society processed its 1,000th pet adoption of 2011, reaching a longed for goal of having a comma in their annual adoption statistics. The previous record for pet adoptions in a year at BMHS was 816 in 2010.
Kari Calaway and her children, Ian, Nia Ava and Evan visited the shelter with the goal of adopting a cat for Christmas. Instead, the family chose to adopt three cats: "Noel," a 6-month-old female; Benny, a 1-year-old female; and Ivy, a 6-month-old female. Ivy had the distinction of being the 1,000th adoption. Staff and volunteers joined in the celebration as they gave the family gifts of food, litter and treats. All adoption fees for the cats were waived, but the Calaway family insisted on making a generous cash donation.
Adoption fees for the rest of 2011 are $25 for cats and kittens and $75 for dogs and puppies. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, current on vaccinations, have a complimentary vet check at the clinic of the adopter's choice and 30 days of free veterinary insurance.
Cats must leave the shelter in a carrier, so adopters are encouraged to come prepared. Cardboard carriers will be available for $7.50 plus tax.
The Society will be open for adoptions today through Friday between noon and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Donors wanting to sponsor pet adoptions may call 509-529-5188 or visit www.bluemountainhumane.org
Blue Mountain Humane Society's mission is to prevent cruelty and promote kindness to companion animals in our community.