Animal shelter foundation racing to keep up

We received a press release from the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation yesterday, following our story about UNT student interest in the new building.

The foundation counted up all the adoptions it has underwritten since the beginning of the year (yes, this is after the Rachael Ray challenge) and that came to about $59,500 to help save 735 animals.

The foundation credits the adoption subsidies for helping people adopt pets at reduced rates, and likely saving many more animals than would otherwise have been possible. The foundation has committed to subsidizing adoptions, which costs on average about $80 per animal, two days per week because the shelter is often over-crowded.

“The shelter received a large number of abandoned and surrendered pets at an already full shelter during the last week of April,” according to the press release. In other words, the foundation owes another $5,800 to the city just for the first few days of May.

Foundation officials are concerned whether they can maintain the fundraising pace until the new shelter is opened in summer 2014, since the adoption subsidy fund is almost depleted.

To make a tax-deductible donation, or for more information, contact DASF, PO Box 486, Denton 76202 or www.dentonasf.com and Facebook.com/DentonASF.

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