FRUIT HEIGHTS -- As pet adoption rates slipped in June, Davis County Animal Care and Control Services will offer a promotion in July in which the buyer may name the adoption price.
"We have never done this type of promotion before and look forward to the outcome," Davis County Animal Services Director Clint Thacker said.
"We are seeing a dip in adoptions when compared to this time last year," Thacker said.
In June 2012 the shelter adopted out 109 animals. This June, the number fell to 93 adoptions, he said.
To turn those numbers back around, shelter staff have put in place a special promotion.
"We are calling it 'Freedom to Choose.' If someone wants to adopt an animal, they make up the price," Thacker said.
The shelter's average adoption rate is $100, Thacker said, but with this promotion, adopters are welcome to choose whatever price they want, even if it is lower than the average adoption rate.
If someone were to walk in and say they only have $20 on them, Thacker said, "we would do (the adoption) for $20."
Anything to prevent the shelter from having to euthanize animals, he said.
"Our experience so far is that people are happy to pay the average going rate," Thacker said. He said this is particularly true when they discover that anything paid over the average adoption rate is revenue that is used to care for the animals at the shelter.
Thacker said the promotion is an effort by the staff to meet its goal of having at least 100 pet adoptions a month.
"We do all we can," he said.
The Davis County Animal Shelter is at 1422 E. 600 North, Fruit Heights.
For more information about pet adoptions call 801-444-2200.