Posh Puppies Indiana is covering the adoption fees for 49 dogs at the Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County.
Brooke Lyon, adoption specialist and social media tech, said on Sept. 21 the AWL posted on their Facebook page the shelter was at capacity and had reduced the adoption fee to $25 for all animals regardless of age. If people are adopting a kitten or puppy that still needs to be fixed, there is still a $150 deposit on them to ensure they return for all their vaccines and their spay/neuter date.
Lyon said she then received a call at the AWL from Posh Puppies Indiana on Thursday and was asked if the adoption fees were still $25. At that time, AWL had 55 dogs and six of those dogs were already sponsored.
Posh Puppies Indiana asked to sponsor all of AWL’s dogs that weren’t already sponsored, which was 49 dogs.
Lyon said if people are interested in any of the sponsored dogs, they just need to come in to AWL and fill out the contract. As long as the contract is approved, the dog is free.
So far, three dogs left Thursday and five on Friday. Lyon said all eight dogs are on adoption trials as of Friday afternoon.
AWL has a total of 399 animals in their care, which includes foster animals, nursery nanny animals and trial adoptions, as of Friday.
Lyon said she hopes through the sponsorships, AWL is able to free up some space. AWL has a waiting list for cats to come into the shelter that started in April. She estimates there’s 90 to 100 people on that particular waiting list.
There’s also a waiting list for dogs to come into the shelter that started in August. Lyon hopes to bring in the strays that need AWL’s help, as well as find homes for the animals they already have.
She said since lowering the adoption fee Sept. 21, she believes there were 87 adoptions that week, which is higher than it usually is. So the lower adoption prices and sponsorships seems to be helping AWL find homes for the animals.
If someone is interested in sponsoring an animal at AWL, they can go into AWL at 1048 CR 325E, Pierceton, or call in to 574-267-3008 with their credit card information and which animal they would like to sponsor.