Commend Adoption Fairs for Rescuing Animals

Target: John Polis, Senior Manager of Public Relations for Best Friends Animal Society

Goal: Encourage animal shelters to host adoption fairs in order to maximize the chances that animals find new homes

Using adoption fairs to help animals find new homes can make a huge impact on the current population of homeless animals. Often, a deterrent that can prevent future pet owners from getting their animal from the pound or a rescue is the perception that such establishments have a depressing atmosphere. Many people dread walking into a pound or shelter and having to endure the sight of caged animal after caged animal, yearning to be adopted. However, adoption fairs avoid this dilemma by transforming what could otherwise be a depressing experience into an uplifting one.

Best Friends Animal Society is an advocate for animal adoption fairs, each of which host hundreds of animals in need of a good home. The fairs liven the atmosphere with food trucks, entertainment, and the benefit of being outside in a welcoming location. The energy of adoption fairs also encourages people to adopt. Being at a fair, surrounded by animal lovers, can sway someone who is on the fence about adopting towards the decision of saving a life. A simple change in venue can create an incredible difference. Sign this petition to support adoption fairs and encourage more to be hosted.


Dear Mr. Polis, Manager of Best Friends Animal Society,

This letter wishes to support the noble efforts that Best Friends Animal Society has taken in order to find good, caring homes for animals in need. By hosting adoption fairs, animals in need of a good home are more likely to be adopted. The warm and pleasant atmosphere of an adoption fair tends to create a vibrant energy that motivates people to reach out and adopt animals in need of good homes. Another benefit of adoption fairs is that they put the issue of animal homelessness in the public eye, thereby raising awareness about the problem.

Please continue to host animal adoption fairs in order to maximize the chances that homeless animals have of being adopted and finding new homes. It would also be wonderful to see Best Friends Animal Society help other shelters to have their own independent adoption fairs. Adoption Fairs are an effective structure for hosting pet adoptions, and if other shelters can be inspired to take the initiative to implement similar fairs, an incredible impact could be made.


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  1. renee jeanine ragno says:

    Kudos! Even further steps need to be taken (1) dogs/cats speyed/neutered; (2) ban puppy mills and people who breed for money only; stores selling animals (3) AKC and all other groups needs to stop creating NEW breeds; and stand behind ADOPT NOT SHOP until we resolve the problem we created

  2. Great idea in principle but are they going to make sure and follow up on how Doggy or Pussy cat are doing in their new digs? This would seem to me a first priority and anyone who is absolutely genuine will not mind one iota because they will have the animals best interests at heart. Humans have created all these unwanted spare animals by selfishness and thinking pets are expendable and then later on just get another because they are irresponsible. People have to realise that a dog can live 16 years and a cat can sometimes live more than 20 so it is a big commitment. So please love your pets and let them live out their lives with love in one place, I’m thinking people wouldn’t dump their child in on the street or in a shelter…Would they? So why do it to a cat, dog or any pet you cared to own?

  3. Jeff Broderick says:

    Agree with Mike and Tj but good for them if they do make all attempts to ensure that animals are going to good homes.

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