BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Humane Society waived adoption fees for all pets it had available Monday thanks to a donation from a local credit union.
Ginny Hughes, CEO of Changing Seasons Federal Credit Union, said her institution is celebrating its 50th year by doing a community donation or project each month of the year.
This month, Hughes planned to cover adoption fees in advance for a few animals at the shelter through its Paw It Forward program.
“You go up there and you see all the animals, and we couldn’t pick and choose,” Hughes said. So, the credit union didn’t choose — it covered all of them. The donation totaled around $350, according to the humane society.
The humane society posted a message about the waived fees on its Facebook page Monday afternoon, when 10 pets were available for adoption. As of 3 p.m., only five — two dogs and three cats — were available.
“People got here quick,” Harmon said. “We’re kind of low on animals right now, but it definitely was a generous donation.”
Harmon said the small number of animals was caused by a busy few days of adoptions prior to Monday.
Adoption fees vary depending on the age of the animal, but cats range from free for an 11-year-old to $100 for a kitten, and dogs run from $50 for a 7-year-old to $350 for a puppy, according to the humane society’s website.
Hughes said her credit union is hosting a pet photo contest for its 2,100 members this month as well, with the winner getting a free pet photo shoot.
“It’s one of those days that makes you feel good,” Hughes said.
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