A record number of San Luis Obispo Black Friday shoppers took home furry friends instead of flat-screen TVs — so many that Woods Humane Society is nearly out of animals.
Woods’ annual Black Friday event, which offered $10 pet adoptions — down from $65 to $150 per animal — was the shelter’s most successful in its five-year run. Sixty-three pets went home with new owners from Nov. 25 to 27, according to Steve Kragenbrink, community programs director.
Funds from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Subaru’s “Share the Love” campaign helped cover the costs of the discounted adoptions.
“Instead of standing in line and getting a new microwave, come to the shelter and get a new best friend,” Kragenbrink said.
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Kragenbrink attributed the adoption frenzy to Woods’ decision to promote all its adoptable pets. In the past, the promotion was primarily focused on animals with black coats. But this year, the shelter expanded its program, which resulted in more adoptions.
“It was great,” Kragenbrink said. “People really responded.”
Although only a few adoptable animals remain at Woods, Kragenbrink expects new dogs and cats to fill up the facility by next week. Brian, a 5-year-old American pit bull terrier mix, is among those still looking for homes. A new litter of puppies also recently arrived.
Woods also participated in Giving Tuesday, a movement to encourage charitable giving during the holiday season. A last-minute $5,000 donation allowed the shelter to raise its initial $5,000 matching funds commitment to $10,000 on Tuesday. To donate to the shelter visit www.woodshumanesociety.org/donate or contact Woods at 805-543-9316.