After several months of waiting at the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter for the right family, Mason finally found a new home Saturday.
The 2-year-old, high-energy Labrador mix was adopted by a family who shares his exuberance, said Chris Anderson, the shelter’s executive director.
“It’s been a struggle to find the right owner for Mason,” Anderson said. “Mason has a history of wanting to go and explore, so it was important we found him a home where he would have opportunities to do just that. His new family loves to hike, camp and be outdoors.”
Mason’s long-awaited adoption helped kick off the Billings edition of PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, an event hosted in PetSmart stores throughout North America.
The charity gives participating animal welfare organizations $35 for each animal adopted during the adoption week to help cover rescue shelters’ pet-related medical fees and other operational expenses.
PetSmart Charities aims to place animals in safe, healthy and caring homes and to promote spaying and neutering.
Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter hopes to raise awareness about animal adoption and find homes for several more of their dogs and cats, Anderson said.
But the mission isn’t to simply place as many animals as it possibly can.