Thank you to Maddie’s Fund for supporting and making “Free Fur All” Maddie’s Adoptathon at OAS this weekend such a huge success – to say the least! We adopted 132 dogs and cats in two days – as many animals as we adopted in all the month of May! It was an absolutely inspiring and energizing weekend.
The OAS volunteers and staff worked as a team to make this event happen! To highlight some of their contributions:
-All of the mentors for their planning, preparation and input into the event! And, for performing the “screening” part of each day which made it possible for us to do so many adoptions so efficiently and effectively!
-The ACO’s who completed the adoptions and dealt with red flags and the ACA’s who jumped in where needed
-Members of the publicity team (Amy B, Pat L, Yvonne, and Katie) for creating the press release and PSA’s to get the word out! And, to all of the volunteers who spread this info to their personal networks! We sure spread the word! We were picked up on multiple TV channels, newspapers, radio stations and internet sites!
-Martha for working so hard to get the animal’s ready for the event – organizing spaying/neutering through UC Davis and OAS, ensuring temperament testing was completed and moving animals throughout the Shelter….a huge task!
-Yvonne for designing the flyer and forms for the day!
-The photographers (including Warren, Enjel, Tim, Martha and Michelle) who took the photos of all of the dogs and cats who were available for adoption – including those in the back! For example, Tim and Martha took over 1000 photos of dogs on one day and then Tim reviewed and uploaded them to use! A big job! The photographers made it possible to post their photos on the internet and in the adoption gallery – this was a huge part of getting so many animals adopted.
-Roger for creating a system to merge all of the data about each animal, including their photos, into individual profiles that he printed. This was a big job! Thank you to Martha and all of the volunteers who helped get this info into the system!
-Amy Haddix for taking on the tough role of being the “lead volunteer” on the first day during the busiest, most confusing time. We could not have gotten through it without her hard work, leadership and organization!
-FOAS for covering the cost of all of the preparation for the event and providing lunch for everyone on both days!
-Chui for jumping in and doing anything that was needed to get the work done – including moving lots of heavy furniture to set up the classroom.
-All of the volunteers (and some of their friends/family) who participated in the event – showing animals, greeting members of the public, directing parking, setting and cleaning up, etc! I had so many visitors tell me how welcomed they felt at the Shelter and how friendly the volunteers were!
-Michelle, a rabbit volunteer, who worked at the greeting table every session of both days and provided important consistency;
-Elena and Tanya for decorating the Shelter.
-Mentors, including Steve and Mary, who helped get dog/cat testing done;
-Pi for grooming so many of the dogs who went from disgusting to distinguished to adopted because of her grooming skills!
-Lauren for entering all of the adoptions into our database and Roger for copying and tracking all of the paperwork to submit to Maddie’s.
-Members of the OAS vet staff who worked so hard to get so many of the animals spayed and neutered so they could leave immediately after adoption. They will be working hard this week to get the rest of the animals who were adopted spayed/neutered!
-Jan who set up Deloitte’s Impact Day at OAS for June 11th. 50 employees of Deloitte (and some OAS volunteers) came to OAS and beautified the Shelter the day before the event!
This was an event that took a large number of folks who each played a critical role in making it work. Thank you to all of you!
(just one of our very happy adopters)