Local animal lovers will love this news: 2013 is projected to be the biggest adoption year ever in Little Traverse Bay Humane Society’s 62-year history. According to Executive Director Deter Racine, adoptions are expected to hit 600 this year—above the average of about 450. “When you consider that we’re just a small group, it’s a huge accomplishment,” she says. What makes this feat so extraordinary is that it happened without any particular dedicated initiative or facility expansion. So why such success? In part, increased exposure via LTBHS’s website and social media (photos of adoption-ready furry friends are posted daily to LTBHS Facebook page). And then, of course, there are the tireless efforts of the staff and volunteers, who help reduce adoption returns by working with animals to prepare them for their own “happily ever after.”
Racine says it costs about $450 for a healthy animal to receive food, shelter and veterinary care at the humane society for the duration of the average two-week stay. But with the unfortunate increase of abused, neglected and hoarded pets, some animals cost upwards of $1,000 each. For LTBHS, a 100-percent donor-funded organization, that makes having such a caring, involved community absolutely priceless. After all, says Racine: “Every animal who gets saved is not just our legacy, but the legacy of everyone who supports us.” ltbhs.com.