Black Friday Fill-a-Bag Event
by Lee Chambers
This year’s Black Friday celebration at Dakin’s Springfield Adoption Center will include a Fill-a-Bag event featuring treasures from our Diamonds in the Ruff Thrift Shoppe. Kick off your holiday shopping with this great opportunity to pack a bag with a variety of fun things for only $5. We’ll have gift items, decorations, housewares, games, puzzles and much more on Friday, November 29 from 12:30pm – 5:30pm at our Springfield location.
What’s different this year is that we won’t have a wide-spread discount on adoption fees that day, as we have for the past several years. While there will be discounted adoption fees on a few pets, which is something that happens nearly every day on a regular basis anyway, we won’t be featuring a large group of animals with reduced fees that day.
As Executive Director Carmine DiCenso explains, “We started having Black Friday adoption specials when we had lots of young, healthy animals available for homes. Those events always generated a lot of excitement and a big turnout of hopeful adopters. But more recently, the number of pets chosen for adoption fell significantly short of the number of people that were looking for a young, healthy animal to bring home for a discounted fee.”
He continues, “Most of the animals in our care have special behavioral and/or medical needs. Special animals need special adopters, and the conversations we need to have with potential adopters require focused one-on-one time. The Black Friday adoption events are no longer the ideal setting for having those conversations, or for providing the adequate time between adopter and pet. Adopters are bound to have questions about the animal’s care, and will likely need a significant amount of the animal resource counselor’s time to fully understand the animal’s needs.”
According to Carmine, smalls (non-cat and non-dog pets) represent a growing segment of adoptable pets that come through our doors at Dakin, sometimes in large numbers. We are always seeking adopters for them as well.
We hope you join us for our Black Friday Fill-a-Bag event at Dakin in Springfield on Friday, November 29, and we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!