SVAS makes change to give pets forever homes, faster

Local News

A new adoption process at the Souris Valley Animal Shelter is helping to get pets in homes a lot faster.

Instead of an application, contacting references or requiring proof of socio-economic status, the new process is more like an interview.

Staff is able to learn about potential pet owners through a conversation.

With this process, most pet owners are able to leave with their pets on the same day they inquire about them. This process is also in line with ASPCA’s recommendations.

Alexis Topham, Business Manager for the shelter said, “We’re getting to know the people better and create a relationship and we’re removing adoption barriers like calling references, a landlord check. We’re removing a lot of the things we used to do that would be in the way of you getting a pet”

Although it’s a bit more free than what it was in the past, the shelter will follow up with the pet owner many times after adoption.

It goes by the rule of threes. Staff will contact the pet owner three days after adoption, then three weeks after, and three months after before moving to annual follow-ups.

One way to support the shelter is coming up this weekend. On Friday, October 4 the Souris Valley Animal Shelter is hosting Barktoberfest.

The pet-friendly beer fest will be held from 6 – 11 pm outside The Tap Room in downtown Minot.
Admission is $25 for two tickets or $15 for one person.

For every $25, that pays for things like cat litter for 3 cats, it can cover the cost of a microchip for 1 pet or vaccines for a small dog.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Recent Videos

High School Volleyball 10.22.19

Thumbnail for the video titled "High School Volleyball 10.22.19"

Mental Health

Thumbnail for the video titled "Mental Health"

Ranch

Thumbnail for the video titled "Ranch"

Volleyball

Thumbnail for the video titled "Volleyball"

Linton HMB

Thumbnail for the video titled "Linton HMB"

Josh

Thumbnail for the video titled "Josh"

New Equipment

Thumbnail for the video titled "New Equipment"

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 - KX Storm Team Evening Forecast - Dave Holder

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 - KX Storm Team Evening Forecast - Dave Holder"

Treatment

Thumbnail for the video titled "Treatment"

KX Storm Team Full Evening Forecast w/Tom Schrader

Thumbnail for the video titled "KX Storm Team Full Evening Forecast w/Tom Schrader"

The Many Faces of Tonia Jo Hall

Thumbnail for the video titled "The Many Faces of Tonia Jo Hall"

MSU Students Seeking Donations

Thumbnail for the video titled "MSU Students Seeking Donations"

Water Tower

Thumbnail for the video titled "Water Tower"

Food Bank

Thumbnail for the video titled "Food Bank"

Veterans Voices: Jessica Petrick

Thumbnail for the video titled "Veterans Voices: Jessica Petrick"

Your Tuesday Morning One Minute Forecast 10/22

Thumbnail for the video titled "Your Tuesday Morning One Minute Forecast 10/22"

A Few Of Us Could Wake Up To Light Snow Tomorrow Morning

Thumbnail for the video titled "A Few Of Us Could Wake Up To Light Snow Tomorrow Morning"

Salted Lands Council

Thumbnail for the video titled "Salted Lands Council"

BSC Volleyball 10.21.19 v2

Thumbnail for the video titled "BSC Volleyball 10.21.19 v2"

Veteran's Voices: Tony Hillig

Thumbnail for the video titled "Veteran's Voices: Tony Hillig"
More Video

KX News Trending Stories

Don't Miss

Daily Pledge

More Daily Pledge