Shelters Celebrate Lifesaving with Local Communities During the Holidays

Here are a few events being offered this month by no kill shelters in conjunction with the holiday season:


Moby is available for adoption at UPAWS in MI (photo by Ann Brownell)

UPAWS in Marquette, MI is inviting the public to come to an open house on December 15 for a shelter tour, refreshments, and discounted adoptions.

Screengrab from the UPAWS website (click to enlarge)

Screengrab from the UPAWS website (click to enlarge)


The Allegany Co shelter in MD is holding its annual Presents for Paws event on Christmas Eve where the community is invited to meet the pets and donate items from the wish list. This is their flyer promoting the event (click to enlarge):
allegany shelter


Every year some parents are going to give the kids the pet they’ve been asking for as a Christmas gift.  If shelters and rescues refuse to allow adoptions of pets as holiday gifts, they are driving parents to alternate sources to buy the pet – and probably turning them off shelter adoption permanently.  In NY, Pets Alive Middletown and Pets Alive Westchester are employing their normal screening practices to ensure a good potential match between pet and family and making it easy for the parent to save a life while giving the kids the present of their dreams.  The shelters are offering to have Santa’s helpers deliver the adopted pet to his new home on Christmas morning.  No pet store salesman or flea market vendor is going to hold your pet for you until Christmas morning and then show up in a Santa hat – but Pets Alive will!


What is your local shelter doing to promote lifesaving and community involvement this holiday season?

Winthrop is available for adoption at UPAWS in MI (photo by Ann Brownell)

Winthrop is available for adoption at UPAWS in MI (photo by Ann Brownell)

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  1. Karen F

     /  December 8, 2012

    Seattle Humane:

    Free adoptions of cats 1 year and older, as well as small animals like bunnies, guinea pigs, etc., through December.

    Discounted kitten adoptions, along with Santa photos, this weekend.

    A nice New Year’s present for Seattle’s rabbit owners . . . in January, the Seattle Animal Shelter will start offering spay/neuter for rabbits at $75. Area prices otherwise range from $200 to $500.

  2. Rob

     /  December 8, 2012

    Kudos to Ann Brownell. That’s the best “up for adoption” photo I’ve ever seen.

  3. Before the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter changed to No-Kill (when we were called the Marquette County Humane Society), pets were never allowed to be adopted the week of Christmas. What a sad and depressing time it was because most of them were killed.
    Now it is such a happy time!! We celebrate and encourage adoptions during the Holidays (and all year long). In fact in January UPAWS has a “New Year New Shelter Pet” adoption promotion too encouraging adoptions for the New Year!

    • db

       /  December 8, 2012

      I am so impressed with what you have accomplished! When I get discouraged, I look at your wonderful website to see what’s possible. Too bad we can’t clone you, Ann Brownell.

      • Thank you! We have a great team of people here at UPAWS – staff and volunteers. But we could not do all we do without the support of our wonderful community, public, people, supporters and adopters. They are the best!


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