STOCKTON - There haven't been many days like this for the staff at the Stockton Animal Shelter.
First, they learned they'd finished second in a national competition on reducing kill rates at shelters, and that earned the organization $30,000. Then an anonymous donor pledged another $70,000, for a grand total of $100,000.
"We are believers in the no-kill equation. Life saves are more important than doing it the old way. We have changed our philosophy, the way we do things," shelter director Tammie Murrell said.
This past summer, as part of that competition sponsored by the ASPCA, Stockton found homes for more than 2,500 pets, a dramatic increase from the year before.
Murrell said waiving adoption fees was a key reason for being able to find good homes for so many cats and dogs.