More than 9,100 animals were impounded at the Garland Animal Shelter during the 2008-09 fiscal year. Animal Service Officers constantly struggle to reunite lost pets with their owners or find new homes for unwanted pets through adoption or animal rescue groups but no amount of effort finds homes for all of the healthy adoptable animals. Shelter management has sought ways to allow citizens or community groups to assist in finding homes for the adoptable animals and as a result the Sponsored Adoption Program was enacted in May of 2009.
The Sponsored Adoption Program is a very simple concept. Shelter management uses donations, which are tax deductible, to pay for the adoption fees for hard to adopt animals. The adoption fee of $80 covers sterilization of the sponsored animal, a medical check-up by Garland’s City Veterinarian, the first round of vaccinations, and a one year registration with Garland Animal Services. The result is a free healthy pet to anyone who is willing to provide a home.
Since its inception in May of 2009, the Adoption Sponsorship Program has utilized more than $5,300 in donations to adopt more than 75 dogs and cats. Sponsored animals are selected weekly, based largely on characteristics that would likely make them unadoptable (such as size, age or breed) if they weren’t free. The success rate of adoptions for sponsored animals is nearly 100% and is only limited by the amount of donations received. Garland citizens and community groups can help increase the success of this program by making donations to the Garland Animal Shelter. Donations of any sum are accepted, and individuals donating $80 (or more) can choose to have their name displayed on the Sponsored Adoption sign and receive a photograph of the animal that was saved through their donation.
Please fill out the Adoption Sponsorship Form if you would like to make a donation. Thanks to all of the citizens who have already donated to this program! If you have a question about sponsoring an animal for adoption you can contact the Garland Animal Shelter at 972-205-3570.