Mobile pet adoption van unveiled

May 22nd, 2008    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

The League for Animal Welfare has unveiled a new mobile adoption van.

The brand new state-of-the-art adoption van, which was on display for the public to see at the National City Bank grand opening in Eastgate May 17, is customized to hold 20-25 cats and dogs at one time.

“We are thrilled to have this new mobile adoption van,” said League volunteer and event coordinator Maria Jackson. “This is the second public viewing that we have had in the last couple of weeks.”

The first viewing, which was held in Anderson May 10, attracted hundreds of people; the viewing in Clermont County was equally as popular.

The Dougherty family gets an up close and personal look at the new adoption van for the League for Animal Welfare by volunteer Lee Stegman. From left is parents Dan and Anna Dougherty, and children, Hannah, 7, Matt, 7, and D.J., 5. At right is League volunteer Lee Stegman.
"The mobile van will be used for taking the adoptive animals from place to place," Jackson said. "It is a very comfortable ride."

The public viewing event included food, refreshments, giveaways and prizes, face painting and activities for the kids, and a meet and greet with Cincinnati Bengals kicker Shayne Graham.

"We are holding these events to introduce the van to the communities we serve," Jackson said. "We are proud to show it off."

The League for Animal Welfare, located in Union Township, is a not-for-profit, no-kill animal shelter devoted to "the welfare of stray, abandoned, and abused dogs and cats throughout the greater Cincinnati area."

Jackson said that the shelter usually stays at capacity, with a total of 80-100 cats and about 40 dogs at any given time.

In operation since 1964, the League for Animal Welfare is funded solely through private donations, membership drives, contributions, and annual fund-raisers.

The new mobile adoption van was purchased by one "healthy" donation, Jackson said.

For more information on the van, or to adopt an animal, call the League for Animal Welfare at (513) 735-2299.
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