Seven adopted and counting

Royal Oak Animal Shelter adoption event was ‘very successful’

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published December 30, 2015

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ROYAL OAK — Organizers of the Make My Christmas Merry holiday pet adoption event are calling it a success, and the official count of forever homes is still growing.

Event organizers said about 100 people came through the shelter’s doors on Saturday, Dec. 19, and four pets went home that day with their new families in time for the holidays.

“We had so many people in and out, and it was just amazing how many people we had,” said shelter volunteer Pamela Wilson.

The fun began before the event on Friday night, when a woman came in and adopted a dog. She said she was unable to attend the adoption event the next day.

The tally of forever homes kept growing when three cats and one dog found their families on Dec. 19. The event featured reduced adoption fees of $100 for dogs and $50 for cats and kittens.

Wilson said a relative of the woman who adopted the first dog Dec. 18 came back Dec. 22 and adopted a dog for herself. Another cat that was viewed during the adoption event was adopted Dec. 22 as well.

“So actually, there were four cats that left, and three dogs,” Wilson said.

As part of the event, shelter volunteers brought many refreshments for attendees to enjoy while they viewed the animals, including cookies, cakes, sandwiches and cheeses.

“It was so good,” Wilson said, adding that the volunteers went above their normal roles to make the day special. “We did good, and I’m very proud of all the support that we received.”

Wilson said they also received many donations during the event, including pet food and cash.

“It’s been really, really nice,” she said.

All volunteers at the shelter would love to see the adoptions continue.

Longtime pets, including Phoenix the pit bull terrier and Snowball the cat, are still looking for the right family.

Snowball is a special-needs feline because she has FIV. According to shelter employees, Snowball is a big talker and cuddler and can lead a normal and healthy life with proper nutrition and lots of love.

Some featured pets, like Tokyo the cat, were adopted Dec. 18.

The Royal Oak Animal Shelter can be reached by calling (248) 246-3364. The shelter is open 4-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. The week of Dec. 28, the shelter will open during its regularly scheduled hours with the exception of Thursday and Friday, as it will be closed for the New Year’s holiday.

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