Many shelters talk about getting pets “home for the holidays” at this time of year. But how many are actually open for adoptions at the times people are most likely to be off work and able to come in to adopt a pet during the holidays?
My local municipal kill shelter is regrettably closed on Sundays and Mondays every week and this week is no exception. Even worse, the place is normally open for a mere 3 hours on Saturdays. I don’t know whether it was open this past Saturday, Christmas Eve.
In contrast, the Nevada Humane Society in Reno is open for adoptions 7 days a week. I visited the NHS website and right on the front page it says that not only would they be open regular hours on Christmas Eve, they were having reduced adoption fees and drawings for big electronics prizes in the afternoon. I called this morning to see if they would be open for adoptions today and was told yes.
Please tell us in the comments if your local shelter is really trying to get pets home for the holidays or if they’re just saying it because it’s a catchy phrase that makes them look good.