Animal Shelter Van Adopts Out Cats And Dogs To Lunchtime Crowds

Animal Rescue League

What do you do on your lunch break? Grab some fast food. Pick up your dry cleaning. Take a nap. Adopt a pet.

At the City Hall Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts, the lunchtime crowd is not only able to take a break from their busy workday, but they can adopt a cat or dog.

The Animal Rescue League introduced a new Mobile Adoption Rescue Vehicle on Wednesday, where more than 40 animals are in cages on the van, so people passing by can decide if they want to give these irresistible pets a new home. The van will travel to various popular locations around the city to attract more people to adopt.

The president of the Animal Rescue League of Boston said this new program is about matchmaking which is what good adoption is all about.

The Animal Rescue League stated that they will uphold their same strict adoption policies at their mobile vehicle adoption program as in their shelters. Adoptions will only be completed after checking all of the applicants’ information.

The director of communications for the Animal Rescue League said that family members must meet the potential pet before it goes home. The new owner must provide proof of home ownership or a lease showing that pets are allowed. Current dog owners must introduce the new dog to the existing dog.

There are some concerns that have been raised with this new mobile adoption program. Some animal welfare specialists said that if applicants are not carefully screened, pets could end up back in the shelters or abandoned on the street. They stated that potential new owners should be thoroughly screened before taking home a pet.

“Some of the things are tough to do when you’re on the road with limited communication, things like landlord approval,” said Brian Adams, spokesman for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center.

The Milford Humane Society said this is something their shelter would not do because they don’t want people to make impulse decisions, and they want them to think about adoption seriously.

One woman, Nicole Cornell, filled out the paperwork to adopt Donny the cat from the Animal Rescue League Van, but she didn’t have her landlord’s number on hand. She assured the Animal Rescue League worker that her lease allowed pets. The employee then said that it was alright and they could continue with the adoption process. She told a fellow colleague: “I trust her for some reason.”

The adoption procedures included Cornell filling out an application, paying $105, answering questions about her previous pet, providing a license, reviewing Donny’s health records, and signing a contract to take care of Donny for the rest of his life. The whole process took just a few minutes.

Cornell said adopting a pet is quicker and easier at the mobile van than at animal shelters.

The vans are equipped with heat, air conditioning, water, and electricity. There are awnings so pets can have some shade and privacy when they want to take a nap. Perhaps they all are dreaming of a new, loving home.

Source: Boston Globe

4 Responses to “Animal Shelter Van Adopts Out Cats And Dogs To Lunchtime Crowds”

  1. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    If they screen people carefully, we have no problems with the mobile van. It’s no worse than the setups you see at places like Petsmart and malls.

    Anything that gets kitties, woofers and other critters into good homes is fine with us.

  2. toni says:

    I have some concerns about this idea. Apparently, the screening process is not adhered to as it should be. The lady that adopted Donny the cat could be someone who intends harm to him. The employee “trusts her for some reason” ?!? Would she allow someone off the street watch her children without first checking character references? This just seems reckless to me. Maybe screen them after they put down the $$$ adoption fee. BUT keep the animal in the rescue groups possession until they are checked out thoroughly.

  3. Dianne says:

    This is one of the key steps to becoming a no-kill shelter. Read “Redemption” by Nathan Winogur. Or better yet, go hear him speak. I believe he was in Boston recently.

  4. Jan says:

    The Animal Rescue League of Boston shut down its newest and heavily used shelter in Pembroke, MA on May 1, 2007, citing “financial losses”, and wishing to go “mobile”, like this van. Meanwhile the South Shore and Southeastern MA area and local shelters and pounds are overwhelmed by the abandonment of the needy animals here. Local shelters are swamped by the increased burden. They are sometimes unable to take in more animals. This leads to more euthanizations.
    How stressed are the cats in the mobile vans riding through the city streets and parking in busy downtown areas. How many cats enjoy car rides? I don’t believe subjecting them to unneeded stress is the best way to rescue them.
    I am a former ARL volunteer who is extremely disappointed with the Animal Rescue League of Boston. I now donate instead to the local groups helping animals on a shoestring budget.
    According to their own statements, they ARL has over $80 million in assets, while President John Bowen receives a higher than average salary for CEO’s of animal charities. Additionally, he is paid significantly more than charities of the same size.
    Shame on the Animal Rescue League of Boston, its Board members, and highly paid executives!

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