BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Petco has awarded a Baton Rouge animal shelter $28,800 for setting a national adoption record.
Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) was gr anted the money for having the most pet adoptions in the country during the weekend of October 2 and 3.
CAA is home to dozens of felines that were once living on the streets or d ropped off at the shelter.
Outreach Team Leader Jillian Sergio said there is always something going on at CAA.
"We have 35 cats in our Catio and we get strays as part of our trap, neuter, release program. We have 250 to 300 animals at all times," Sergio said.
At least half of those animals include dogs of every size also waiting to go to their forever homes.
In October, CAA partnered with local rescues for what would become the largest adoption effort in the country. Nearly 14,000 pets were matched with new families. In just two days, CAA found homes for 88 of them.
"Teamwork is the only way. A lot of people worked on their days off," Sergio said. "20 to 30 volunteers in two days shuttled animals from the shelter."
For their efforts, Petco gave CAA adoption bonuses of $8,800, plus an Adoption Champion gr ant of $20,000 on top of that.
"We are going to use that money to vet our animals, feed them, take care of them, get them spayed and neutered so we can find homes for the animals currently in our care," Sergio said.
Without those funds, Sergio said the shelter relies on private donors and smaller gr ants to help keep the animals healthy while they are there. The extra money gives the CAA an extra incentive to do even more.
"We want to keep working, and the next time we have an adoption event, get 150 adopted rather than 88," Sergio said.
The shelter is set to break ground on a new facility next to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine early next year. That project is being paid for with separate funds.