Earlier this week our CEO Robin Robertson Starr sent us a link to a great blog written by her friend Francis Battista, co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society. The title is “Debunking the Adoption Grinch,” and it was a particularly timely message for our team because we’ve encountered a few adoption grinches on social media lately.
On Dec. 12 we announced that for the third year Priority Automotive is giving hundreds of individuals and families in our community the wonderful gift of a lifetime of unconditional love by paying the adoption fee when they open their hearts and homes to homeless pets from the Richmond SPCA. For the most part, that news has been met with joyful reception, evidenced by the fact that our team has adopted 319 pets to lifelong homes since Dec. 12. This has allowed us to save the lives of hundreds of other animals in the community who need us, particularly those in government shelters whose lives are at risk. However, we have experienced a few adoption grinches who have criticized us for doing no-fee adoptions, despite the fact that considerable empirical evidence now exists demonstrating that promotions like this one result in lasting and committed homes.
In his blog post, Francis cites one of those sources of support, the ASPCA. Another is a study by the University of Florida's Shelter Medicine program. While Francis' blog post focuses on the giving of pets as gifts, critics of that practice rely on the same old myths that lack any data to support them when arguing against no-fee adoptions.
The Richmond SPCA believes that, to ensure that we always save the most animal lives possible, we must stay current on the most recent available empirical data and be open to new and progressive practices that advance our life saving work while providing maximum protection for the animals in our care. No-fee adoptions at the holidays do that, and we are grateful to Priority Automotive Richmond for making it possible.
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