Free bunnies! Cats for $5! Dogs for the low, low price of $15!
The Placer SPCA, like many retailers across the country, will be opening in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as “Black Friday,” and offering deep discounts on pets.
“We’re going to try to capitalize on the Black Friday theme,” said Chief Executive Officer Leilani Fratis. “We’re going to give people who are already considering adopting an animal a fun option for getting one.”
Last year, the shelter’s second year offering Black Friday specials, 48 animals went out the door, or about eight times the number for a normal Friday, Fratis said. This year’s goal is 60 adoptions.
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When the doors open at 4 a.m. on Friday, cats will be offered for $5, dogs for $15 and other “critters” such as rabbits for free. Prices will gradually rise as the day goes on, to $15 for cats, $45 for dogs and $10 for critters until the doors close at 6 p.m.
“Right now we have quite a few rabbits,” Fratis said, including a “special needs” bunny that endured an amputation of one of its legs. “But it’s not unusual for us to have guinea pigs, rats,” as well as the occasional bird.
All of the animals adopted on Black Friday will have undergone medical exams and will be altered, vaccinated and microchipped.
To prepare for an expected crush of visitors, a small army of volunteers and staffers will begin arriving at the Roseville shelter when the clock strikes midnight on Friday. Last year, prospective adopters began lining up at around 2 a.m., Fratis said.
“We’ve told our people that wearing appropriate pajamas is OK, but they must wear proper footwear,” she said.
Fratis said the shelter has taken some criticism for offering animals at such low prices. But the previous promotions have drawn “very good adopters,” she said. The event, she said, helps further the shelter’s ultimate goal, which is to find good homes for as many animals as possible.
“I’m looking forward to a line going out the door,” Fratis said. “I wish it could happen every day.”
The shelter is located at 150 Corporation Yard Road, Roseville.
For information, call (916) 782-7722 and dial 0 for customer service, or visit www.placerspca.org/blackfriday.
Call The Bee’s Cynthia Hubert, (916) 321-1082. Follow her on Twitter @Cynthia_Hubert.