GREENVILLE — If you want folks to take an interest in your new line of pet supplies, it’s probably a good idea to make sure they have a pet. That was the thinking behind the pet adoption event held Saturday at Grant Bryan’s True Value Hardware store in Greenville.
Also, a store full of adorable kittens is kind of fun.
“It’s a cool thing to do,” Bryan said. “The employees love it.”
So did the crowd of customers who had the chance to spend a little quality time with the feline of their choice.
The event was made possible through Montcalm County Animal Control in Stanton, which brought cats and kittens — all available for immediate adoption — to the store for several hours.
Bryan said he set up the visit in part to promote the store’s new and expanded line of pet supplies and feed, but also to help the animal shelter find new homes for the cats.
“They bring in the ones that are ready for adoption,” Bryan said. “They don’t decide which animals to bring until the last minute, but people can adopt them right then and there.”
According to Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead, many of the cats at Saturday’s event were available for adoption for only $10, since several had already been spayed or neutered prior to being dropped off at the shelter. All the animals available for adoption had received their vaccinations and were healthy and ready for their new homes.
“At a lot of these events we bring in cats and dogs,” Hollinshead said. “At this one it’s just cats because of space. We do a lot of these, some at Tractor Supply Company and we’ve done them at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids. It all comes down to staff scheduling.”
Shelter staffer John Davis, who worked at Saturday’s adoption event, said the events are important because they not only encourage people to adopt a new pet, but they also shine a light on the entire program.
“It’s a way for us to increase awareness of the pets in need of adoption,” Davis said. “(The events) are a lot of fun.”
Montcalm County Animal Control holds these events on a fairly regular basis. Information regarding future shows can be found at montcalm.org/animalshelter.asp online.