Pet adoptions were a bit lower than usual at the Virginia Beach SPCA this holiday season

Kayne is a one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier Mix that's currently up for adoption at the VBSPCA. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of the VBSPCA)
Kayne is a one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier Mix that’s currently up for adoption at the VBSPCA. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of the VBSPCA)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The holidays are over and with that the two-week promotion known as “Home for the Holidays,” where from Dec. 10 to Dec. 24 pets are up for cheaper adoption rates, has come to an end as well.

But how did the numbers match up to last year?

Each year, Priority Automotive donates $20,000 to cover 50 percent of adoption fees for the Virginia Beach SPCA, Norfolk SPCA and Chesapeake Animal Services, said Mike Lawson, communications and marketing manager for the Virginia Beach SPCA.

This year they had 143 pet adoptions which is lower than last year’s 217 adoptions but Lawson said there are numerous factors involved in how many pets get adopted each year.

A few top reasons could be availability of animals or the changed hours of the shelter, he said.

“It’s hard to say that there is a spike in adoptions solely because of the holidays because the 50 percent off promotion definitely drives interest,” Lawson said.

Given that, they did have 72 adoptions during the week of Dec. 24 to Dec. 30 and those were all regularly priced adoptions.

An average week for the Virginia Beach SPCA is somewhere between 45-55 adoptions so the 72 this past week was certainly on the high end, Lawson said.

“Overall I would say yes, most years adoptions do spike during the holiday season as it is a time of year that many people look to add a pet to their family,” he said.

On a brighter note, the Return to Shelters (RTS) animals have been pretty low so far: Only four have been designated RTS and they are the first the Virginia Beach SPCA had since August, Lawson said.

The reasons for RTS ranged from allergies, animals not getting along with other animals in the home and the animals not getting along with the humans in the home.

The shelter is continuing to look into the reasons why adoptions were a bit lower than usual in the new year.

To learn more about the Virginia Beach SPCA, click here.

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