As an added resource to our new Off-Site Adoption Center (opening soon) and in an effort to find adoptive homes for homeless shelter pets, the Prince William Humane Society will be piloting a new program called Adoption Ambassadors effective July 1, 2016. This new pilot program is sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and is making a positive impact on adoption rates throughout the country.
This innovative campaign where foster parents, also known as Adoption Ambassadors, are empowered to adopt out their foster dogs & cats directly to new homes. This program is affectionately known as Couch to Couch Adoptions because the foster pets can go directly from their foster’s home to their new owners home without having to go back to the shelter to fill out applications, pay the adoption fee or anything else. Fosters love this concept and the ability to have control over the adoption process that accompanies it and adopters love getting that firsthand knowledge that the foster parents have gleaned from their foster pets and the ability to take their new pet home immediately.
And, when it comes to finding homes for these pets, people from all walks and stages of life have been successful all around the country. From PTA moms, graduate students, and single women & men to business owners and Veterinary practices, anyone who can smile and talk up their foster pet can be effective Adoption Ambassadors. The use of social media and their social networks to gain exposure for their foster pets has proven a tremendous advantage in a successful adoption process.
One of the great things about including everyone in the program is that it works! In fact, with a low return rate (only 2%, according to research, compared to 12% at shelters), Adoption Ambassadors are proving to be effective matchmakers and saving thousands of lives.
Can we count on you? Will you become an Adoption Ambassador and make all the difference in the life of a homeless pet?