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My Town GR North: Record-setting number of pets get a 'Home for the Holidays'
My Town GR North: Record-setting number of pets get a 'Home for the Holidays'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of cats and dogs are starting the New Year in a new home, after a record-setting 2014 at the Kent County Animal Shelter.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation covered all adoption fees at the shelter from Nov. 3 to the end of the year as part of the Home for the Holidays campaign. In turn, potential pet owners were encouraged to bring in donations of canned pet food or new blankets. Altogether, the shelter adopted out 270 pets through the program, bringing the organization’s adoption rate to 80 percent. 

“Together with the Kent County Animal Shelter, we were able to save the lives of hundreds of pets not just in our community, but in neighboring counties as well,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of the BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Many of the pets that were adopted might not have had a second chance at life had it not been for free adoptions. We are so proud of our community for understanding the importance of animal adoption.”

Home for the Holidays was so successful, the Kent County Animal Shelter ran out of dogs on numerous occasions and had to transfer in pets from neighboring counties. The adoption special helped Kent County Animal Shelter shatter its previous weekly, monthly and yearly records by finding homes for more than 1,000 pets in 2014, including 118 cats, 32 kittens, 113 dogs and seven puppies.