Young-Williams Animal Center received a grant by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to establish an Adoption Ambassadors program in the community.
The Adoption Ambassadors program, empowers those who foster animals to become adoption counselors on behalf of Young-Williams. Once they complete program orientations, Ambassadors take home dogs or cats available for adoption and pledge to help those animals find safe and loving homes through word of mouth, social media posts and emails to friends and family, or by hitting the streets with their foster pets. Ambassadors can even process adoptions themselves, returning adoption application/surveys and any applicable fees to Young-Williams Animal Center.
The ASPCA’s grant will help Young-Williams Animal Center purchase the tools and supplies they’ll need to run a successful program, including food, litter and other supplies for their fosters; marketing expenses to promote the program and supplies—like “Adopt Me” vests to increase exposure.
“Adoption Ambassadors provide much needed support for homeless pets that need training, medical care, or socialization before finding their permanent homes,” said Shelter Director Monica Brown. “We’re very appreciative to the ASPCA for providing this support.”
“The program enables participating shelters to increase their capacity, reduce overcrowding in their facilities, and reach a new market of potential adopters who otherwise may never have come through their doors,” said B.J. Rogers, vice president of Pro Learning for the ASPCA. “Our research has shown that adopters who obtained their pets from Adoption Ambassadors were less likely to have adopted from shelters in the past. Finding innovative ways to reach these untapped audiences is critical.”
Prospective Adoption Ambassadors contact our Foster Coordinator Ashley Thomas at [email protected]