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Shelter’s ‘Black Furday’ sale places pets in forever homes

Over 20 cats and dogs were adopted in Humane Fort Wayne’s seasonal event
Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 8:33 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - While many people across Northeast Indiana partake in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping on Black Friday, other families are opening their household, to become a forever home.

Humane Fort Wayne’s Black Furday event promised to give those looking to adopt from an animal shelter, “fetching deals, for priceless pets”. Cats and kittens were offered as “name your own price”, senior dogs were only $1 dollar, and adult dogs were free.

“When we make these relationships through specials that we offer, we are securing a long-term relationship with the community,” Chele Watson, of Humane Fort Wayne, explained. And that certainly was the case with the Nwekwo family. “We took one look at her and we knew she had to come home with us,” Brianna Nwekwo shared. “We wanted to finish out our cat family. We’re calling it our final four cat, and we adopted three other ones from here, and we love coming here, and they’re great to work with.”

What Watson really hopes comes of the Black Furday doorbuster, is to place some of the shelter’s older animals in good homes. Joy Williamson, who lost her own cat earlier this year, decided to adopt 3-year-old “Eggs”. But it wasn’t the deal that brought her it — Williamson knew her three day weekend would allow her extra time to help her adopted cat adapt to its new home.

“It’s important when you bring a new animal home, that they have time to get used to a place, new food, and stuff,” she told us. “They’re a lifetime of love — never anything negative and always joy, contentment and happiness. I strongly encourage anyone to come and adopt a new lifelong friend.”

We’re by the end of the day, over 20 animals were adopted. “I want to see all of our dogs out of the shelter,” Watson said. “That would be phenomenal. I want to see some of our senior cats go home, I want less kittens in the shelter. But I want the community to come in and find their new best friend, that’s going to give them happiness and peace in their homes, during the holiday.”

A significant milestone approaches for the nonprofit. January 1, 2021, Allen County SPCA and H.O.P.E. for Animals merged to form Humane Fort Wayne. Their year anniversary will pass as we enter into 2022.

After Black Furday, the shelter will shift its attention to Giving Tuesday. Each year, the organization often receives matching grants and donations. Executive Director Jessica Henry describes it as “the single largest donation day of the year for us… crucial to our lifesaving mission.” We’ve been told up to $15,000 in donations will be matched this year. If you’d like to donate, you can find more information here.

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