Rescue U lit up shelters this month in hopes of encouraging more adoptions. "Rescue U’s Light Up a Life program is is a very simple program and we’re hoping that it is a program that we can implement every year moving forward, each year being bigger and bigger," said organizer Doug Woolsey. "We’re granting $100 to each participating shelters to purchase holiday lights. The shelters’ Rescue U volunteers are going hang white lights in a visible place near where adoptions take place. For every animal that gets adopted a white light is going to be replaced with a colored light."
Photos of the new owner and the happy pet can be found Rescue U’s Facebook page with a short paragraph. "For each adoption, we will give the shelter $50 do help with the adoption fees up to 25 adoptions this month," he said.
The shelter with the most adoptions posted by the end of the month will receive an additional $500 and the second most will get $250 from Rescue U to help care for pets.
Eight shelters strung lights this year: Humane Animal Treatment Society of Isabella County in Mt. Pleasant MI, Cumberland County SPCA, Universal City Animal Care and Control in Universal City, TX, Bucks County SPCA in Quakertown, PA, Williamson County Animal Control in Franklin, TN, Westchester Humane Society in Harrison, NY, Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, CO, and the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in Indian Trail, NC.
"It is our hope that the extra incentive will help to boost adoptions in the areas that this campaign is active and that next year we are able to make this program happen in every state," Woolsey said.
The Rescue U Light Up program was made possible by support from GreaterGood.org's Gifts That Give More program at The Animal Rescue Site. Every year, Rescue U sends teams of college students out to shelters to rebuild and refurbish them. The program is also expanding to include chapters at campuses across the country. These local chapters will "adopt" a shelter to improve living conditions for the animals as well as increasing adoption rates.