RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In the past four years, more than 1,000 animals have found new homes thanks to a program going on at the Richmond SPCA.
This is Donner's lucky day. He's on his way home. His new family saved more than $100 on his adoption fee, thanks to the Priority Automotive group.
"They pay the adoption fee for the adoptions of all the pets in our care to wonderful people who will give them lasting, loving homes," said Robin Starr.
This year, the SPCA hopes to match 500 kittens, puppies, cats and dogs with new, caring owners.
"What a better way to give back to the community that to put a pet with a long term family and a smile on a family's face," said Kenny Dunn.
Donna and Robert Keller lost their 12-year-old dog Buster to lymphoma last summer. Their rescue dog Reba has been grieving ever since. They've been searching for another dog for the past few weeks.
"Then today we came and this face met us at the door," Donna Keller said.
They said it was fate they saw a commercial advertising the waived adoption fee.
"He was the first window that we saw and we came right back to him so he's going to go home with us today," she said.
A perfect match it seems, so the Kellers will bring Reba in to make sure they both get along, then take the new family home together.
"It is going to be so perfect and this dog just doesn't know what he's got waiting for him," she said.
Many shocked that their fee was covered spend their intended adoption fee money buying necessities or preventive care for their new pet. Others have opted to pay it forward to the next animal in need of care.
"It's a great part of making the holiday season meaningful and in a way that actually saves a life," said Starr.