A city-owned pet adoption facility inside a PetSmart in southwest Fort Worth — believed to be the very first of its sort in the country — is preserving the city money, generating business and, more important, hooking up countless homeless cats and dogs with new households. Ever since the Fort Worth Adoption Center opened April 25 down South Hulen Street, no adoptable pet was put to sleep within the city, said Brandon Bennett, director of the Code Compliance Department.
Each year, about 4,500 adoptable pets finish up in the city pound. Until recently, about 2,500 were put down when their time ran out inside the pet shelter, which can house four hundred strays, he said. More than 200 animals have been adopted since the facility started out, a 100 percent increase from a year ago, Bennett said. Demand has been so huge that animals from various other cities’ shelters have been brought in, he said.
Just as in real estate, it’s exactly about placement and staging — not to mention being available seven days a week. “Pet enthusiasts are in the animal store,” Bennett mentioned while petting a passel of pooches in the center’s play area. “The town shelter is in a distant area, and it’s not an inviting atmosphere. Here, people have clean, enjoyable areas where they could interact with the pets.” Launching a comparable stand-alone facility in such a suitable location could have cost $2 million to $4 million and would not have drawn heavy walk-in traffic coming from an adjoining pet shop, Bennett said. “This is so successful, we are currently talking about starting an additional center in north Fort Worth. We’re getting phone calls about this every day from around the country. Everyone wins, and we have not spent one general-fund dollar,” he said. PetSmart and PetSmart Charities are just as happy with the relationship.
The shop provided the 1,800-square-foot space, plus the nonprofit group donated $150,000 to develop the in-house kennel with “viewing rooms,” grooming zones and cages for about ten dogs and 10 cats. “We realized it is good, but it’s been even better than we believed. We could not be happier,” store manager Kristal Tackett said. “People return multiple times to check the pets. We have had people drive in from two hours away.” The center is a “successful model” for PetSmart Charities along with other communities to consider, said Kim Noetzel, communications manager for the nonprofit group.
This sort of partnership can make it easier to visit and not be overwhelmed or sad. It is a great way to boost adoptions. “It is a great halo effect for the business, but that’s not necessarily why we did it — it is for the animals,” she stated.
Wondercide has committed themselves to discovering the secrets to high grade natural pet products. Right now, this company happily gives professional techniques and advice on how you can get rid of stinging, flying, and burrowing insects by making use of only the most beneficial natural lice treatment