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Animal shelters get creative with these Valentine’s adoption specials

I love when shelters and rescue groups offer any kind of adoption specials to draw more attention to the homeless animals.

People are more likely to adopt a pet if they think they are getting a good deal, but more importantly, these kinds of events bring more adopters to the shelters in the first place.

I thought I’d feature a couple of different groups that are offering Valentine’s Day adoption specials this month.

I don’t expect my readers to run out and adopt these animals (although that would be awesome!). I’m just trying to show what a difference it can make when shelters get creative with their marketing.

Valentine’s Day Dog Adoption Specials

Humane Society of Broward County (Fla.)

“Adopt a Sweetheart; name your price.”

Valentine's Day adoption specials

You can adopt a dog or cat 1 year or older from the Broward County Humane Society this Saturday or Sunday for any price you think should be paid, according to the shelter’s web site.

“There will be variety of four-legged blonds, brunettes and redheads all looking for their perfect Valentine,” the web site says.

The regular adoption fees for pets 1 year or older are $25 for cats and $100 for dogs. More information.

Best Friends Animal Society

“Find ‘the one.’ Adopt a pet for just $10.”

Valentine's Day Cat and Dog adoption specials

At Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, you can adopt any pet for just $10.

Best Friends also has specials going on at its other adoption locations in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and New York. More information.

Nevada Humane Society

“Furry speed dating – come meet your perfect match”

Nevada Humane Society Furry Speed Dating

This shelter is always offering creative adoption specials or events. In this case, the shelter is simply offering a “speed dating” event to get people to visit on Valentine’s Day.

Pretty creative, don’t you think? Even if someone isn’t thinking of adopting, they may end up donating, volunteering or telling their friends.

Missing Piece Poster 2-3-15 Final LG

In addition to the speed dating, Nevada Humane Society is also offering a “Find your missing piece” special where people can adopt a pet before 1 p.m. and get $10 off. This special runs now through Sunday. Certain cats are also free. More info.

Are you aware of any Valentine’s Day adoption specials?

If you have one you think should be added to this post, you can email the info to or just leave a link in the comments.

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Michelle P.

Wednesday 11th of February 2015

My local shelter is doing this.

Lindsay Stordahl

Wednesday 11th of February 2015

Oh that's good to hear! Cute idea!


Tuesday 10th of February 2015

I love the speed dating idea! I do most of the marketing/promotional ads for the rescue I'm involved with and I love seeing what other shelters are doing to get ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay Stordahl

Tuesday 10th of February 2015

I didn't know you did so much of the marketing! That's great!