MEHS Black Friday Adoption found homes for 106 pets.

EDWARDSVILLE – A partnership between the Metro East Humane Society, a local company and a local family helped find homes for more than 100 animals.

Trouw Nutrition USA Pet Division in Highland is one of the annual Black Friday adoption sponsors for MEHS. On Black Friday 2023, with the help of a $2,500 donation, MEHS sent 92 pets home for the holidays by completely waiving adoption fees on November 24th alone.

The Dunn family from Edwardsville also sponsored an equal amount to cover those fees in memory of their MEHS alum, Miracle “Miri” Dunn. In total, 106 pets went home this weekend thanks to their sponsorship, with adoption fees waived for the entire weekend.

“The Dunn family adopted a dog from us about nine years ago and it was a special moment in MEHS history because it brought us closer to Madison County Animal Control,” said Maddie O’Reilly, Development Manager at MEHS. encouraged to work closely.” “The dog’s name was ‘Miracle’ and he was a puppy at Animal Control with a mother who was about to die.

“One of the animal control officers, Becky Baker, came up to our director, Anne Schmidt, and said she hates having to euthanize a mother and puppy and asked if we had room for them. Anne said yes. Said and she was Marie, the puppy adopted by the Dunn family.

Marie passed away earlier this year and the Dunn family wanted to do something to honor their dog’s memory. Donations turned out to be the perfect choice for a Black Friday adoption event.

“He contacted us and said he was so grateful for the time he had with Mary and the life he had because of MEHS,” O’Reilly said. “True has been our sole sponsor for Black Friday adoptions in the past, but with the success we’ve had over the past few years and the number of adoptions we’ve been seeing, $2,500 won’t cover the number of adopters we’ve had.” taking place.

“We needed another sponsor and the Dunn family stepped into our lap to help in some way, and that’s where they split the responsibility of providing the adoption fees for all those families on Black Friday.”

Trouw annually collects supply donations for MEHS during the holidays, and on Dec. 14, MEHS visited its headquarters in Highland to accept checks and pick up donations collected. It turned out to be a perfect example of love at first sight between a pet and its eventual owner.

Trudy, an 8-week-old adoptable puppy, tagged along to provide some extra holiday cheer for Tru staff as a thank you for all they do to support MEHS. Do, and he steals the heart of one maid in particular, Alyssa Kimberlin.

Trudy jumped into Kimberlin’s lap and was ready to snuggle with him under the Christmas tree in their lobby.

“Knowing their relationship, it was very difficult to leave with him,” O’Reilly said.

Kimberlin and her husband, Gary, have renamed Trudy to Leila because of her fondness for laying under the Christmas tree during True Nutrition tours.

“We had all these people in the front vestibule of our office and we all took turns bringing it up,” Kimberlin said. “She seemed like she really liked me and I liked her, so she asked me to go in front of the Christmas tree. I was petting her and she was staying with me.

“At one point she got up and walked to the back of the Christmas tree and hit a little ornament on her nose. The sun was shining through the window, and we had a big cute skirt around the tree. She was on the skirt in the sun. Laying down and she was just looking at us. It was so cute.”

Kimberlin didn’t want to take the dog for the holidays, but she feels her visit with her new dog was meant to be.

“I have my cubicle in front with all the glass windows and I saw Maddie come in with the dog and I said to myself, ‘Oh no.’ Kimberlin said with a laugh. “When I got out there, he circled a couple of girls and jumped right into my lap and it was like, ‘Here we go.’ “

O’Reilly told Kimberlin she could wait 24 hours to adopt the dog, but Kimberlin said she needed to talk to her husband. He emailed her some photos of Layla under the Christmas tree and she told him about her relationship with the dog and O’Reilly’s offer.

“She said she thought the puppy was really cute and I asked her if she was ready for another dog and she said she was,” Kimberlin said. “I had already gotten all the information I needed from the shelter, and after that it was easy. We made a phone call about the questions that needed to be answered and I went in and made the adoption. Fill out a short application form.

Last Friday, Kimberlin and her husband went to pick up the dog at MEHS. Meanwhile, O’Reilly receives a call from one of Kimberlin’s co-workers (who wishes to remain anonymous) secretly wanting to leave her information for shelter staff to follow up on. By Christmas, Kimberlin could pay the adoption fee. surprise

“We had an appointment to pick up the dog at 11:30 when the shelter opened and the lady at the counter told us there would be no charge because someone had paid for it,” Kimberlin said. “My friend knew I hadn’t had a big yellow lab for two years and it was the first two years of my life without an animal. It was a beautiful Christmas present for my husband and I.

O’Reilly added that MEHS is asking supporters to help empty the shelter and temporarily foster dogs for the holidays, giving their dogs homes for the holidays, even temporarily. On, and the biggest gift to their shelter staff – a few more quiet nights of their own after another year of working at the rescue.

According to the national 2023 Q3 report from the Shelter Animal Count, non-survival results for dogs increased by 30% last year and 85% since 2021.

“We need homes now more than ever, foster or forever,” O’Reilly said. “2023 has felt like an ongoing losing battle, and the year-end mass adoption and boost of support for the holidays really brightens the season for all of us.

“Thankfully we have a no-kill shelter and a very high percentage of live outcomes. Cats and dogs that are being euthanized and not being taken out of the shelter system are either extremely are unable to adopt due to illness or behavioral problems.This is a national problem at this time and something must be done.

Here’s some information on fostering the holidays if adoption isn’t an option for someone:

1. Submit a foster application at

2. MEHS will contact their home matches via email on December 20th to schedule a pick-up on December 21st or December 22nd from 9am to 5pm.

3. Holiday adopters are asked to have pets in their home by January 2 ideally, but if they only want them for Christmas, drop-off is December 27 at the earliest.

4. Questions may be directed.

5. MEHS will be closed on 24th December, 25th December, 31st December and 1st January

O’Reilly said MEHS has had a good response to its foster applications, with 10 applications coming in last weekend.

“Sometimes foster homes are more important to the success of a rescue,” said O’Reilly, who added that MEHS has already done more than 1,600 adoptions this year and is nearing an all-time high.

“Adoption is great, but it goes to a home, and sometimes people who foster with us have saved the lives of five, 10 or 15 animals. The list is endless for the potential that a foster home can bring. We’ve been able to find many homes for animals this year, but whether it’s adoption or fostering, the need is greater.”

The Metro East Humane Society is located at 8495 State Route 143 in Edwardsville. For more information, visit www.mehs.orgCall 618-656-4405 or visit the Metro East Humane Society on Facebook.

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