The City's Animal Care Shelter is starting a new year with positive news. The results are in for the number of adoptions in 2012, and it is more than twice that of 2011.
According to the police department, which now oversees operations at the shelter, there were more than 700 adoptions in 2012, compared to just under 400 in 2011. Workers at the shelter attribute the dramatic increase to their use of social media like Facebook, and by holding more adoption events with the help of volunteer groups.
"Promoting these animals and having the photographers come in has made a huge difference getting them out there," said Cheryl Martinez, president of People Assisting Animal Control, or PAAC. "A dog playing, make them look cute, put a picture, it draws them in. Even though they don't get that animal, there are plenty more to chose from."
They also credit our Paws for Pets segment here on 3News for the increase in adoptions. In fact, every animal that has been featured on our show has been adopted.
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