The holiday season has officially begun, and that means our favorite TV channels, radio stations, inboxes and even mailboxes are full bursting full of advertisements prompting us to buy the latest gadgets, clothing or big screen TV. Black Friday has come and gone and with it, Cyber Monday, as well. This brings us to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, also becoming better known in recent years as Giving Tuesday.
As the big white transport van pulled up in front of the shelter, a chorus of barks and whines filled the air. When the doors opened, they revealed crates stacked from the floor to the ceiling filled with dogs of all colors and sizes. There must have been at least 50 dogs in all, each one given another chance at a new life where there had previously been no opportunity for such.
Last week was very busy here at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Don’t get us wrong, it’s always busy here, but when road trips and transports are involved, it keeps us hopping even more than usual!
A week and a half ago, we were contacted by one of our partners, the Bissell Pet Foundation. They informed us of a shelter located in Tennessee that was in dire need of some help. They had many dogs who were all looking for homes and they ask if we could step in. The Bissell Pet Foundation graciously offered to pay for any and all expenses if we would be willing to make the trip down south to bring some of the dogs back here. This small, out of the way shelter rarely saw any traffic and because of this, their adoption numbers were incredibly low. We knew that we could find great homes for these animals, so we didn’t hesitate to load up the LTBHS van with crates and blanket and head south.
At the beginning of each year, we make goals for the following year. After the success we achieved in 2014, we knew we had to step it up this year. In 2014, our goal was to find homes for 650 animals—a goal we greatly surpassed when we found homes for over 700 dogs and cats! We broke all previous adoption records, which is something we’re very proud of!