Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority is offering a chance to take home select cats and dogs for $4 and $9.
“We’re hoping adopters will rush on down to SVACA and help us tackle the overpopulation problem by scoring a new best friend,” said Michael Limper, SVACA’s Shelter Manager.
The shelter currently has between 15 and 20 dogs and 15 to 20 cats available for adoption through this program, says SVACA Executive Director Dan Soszynski.
The animals that are available to adopt through the Super Bowl adoption program are six months and older and within the last few days, many have gone to their "forever homes," Soszynski says.
"It's been a few years now that we've been running different adoption specials," he says.
The regular price to adopt dogs is $150, cats $100 and kittens less than six months $150. SVACA provides animal care and control services to the cities of Campbell, Monte Sereno, Mountain View and Santa Clara.
Although the low price of adoption is meant to place more pets in homes, one commentor on the organization's Facebook page mentioned concern about the low cost to adopt the animals.
"Concern for these animals flows through our collective veins here at SVACA," the Facebook response by SVACA states. "We do all we can to save lives and always will."
According to SVACA, it as well as other shelters in Santa Clara County believe that an adopter's attachment to a new companion is not dependent upon fees paid.
"We've offered countless adoption specials over the years; all with positive short and long term results," he says. "Our return rate in 2012 is abou 1.6 percent and we're not finished making the final calculations."
The shelter saved 87 percent of the animals that came into its custody in 2012.
"No kill shelters call themselves that when they are able to save 90 percent of their animals and we are at the cusp of that," Soszynski says. "We receive aggressive animals, feral and sick animals but we do what we can to place animals adopted into new homes."
For more information on the adoption program, click here.
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