Picture 4You may have read our series of interview articles here on this blog about a great idea to increase shelter pet adoption: adoption centers in a mall near you! We thought what potential pet owner wouldn’t like a bright, fun, one-stop-shop conveniently located in their local mall, with helpful pet adoption counselors, adorable adoptable pets from their local shelters, and all the supplies a pet owner could need? And 7 months later, we have a happy update: the first Adopt&Shop  is such a huge success, Found Animals is opening a 2nd location soon! In its first 6 months, Adopt&Shop found homes for over 450 pets – an average of 65 animals a month! You can see what the store looks like inside in their video tour at http://www.foundanimals.org/pet-adoption/adopt-shop Speaking of videos, we’d like to mention one more…

Found Animals just released a year-end recap of Found Animals’ efforts and the state of homeless pets in California. You can watch the video here on YouTube: http://youtu.be/TZxMmKxqp-Q — be prepared, it starts out with some saddening statistics, such as that shelter intake has increased 15% over the last 5 years statewide, 1 million dogs and cats enter California shelters, and over half of them are euthanized simply because there are not enough homes. To put that in perspective, they point out that is 1 out of every 3 dogs, and 4 out of every 5 cats. Thankfully Found Animals and many other organizations are working hard to reduced California’s pet overpopulation through many different types of programs. Adopt&Shop is just one success story that we hope will inspire and lead the way to a brighter future for all homeless pets.