In the meantime, flyers were also placed at some area feed stores, which are among businesses considered essential during the pandemic.
"We want to thank the citizens and the businesses for helping us with the project and getting our amazing animals the attention they deserve to be adopted," Howard said.
So far this year, 26 cats have been adopted and 99 dogs. It is too early to measure the impact of the flyers but Howard said inquiries about adoptions have increased.
The shelter continues operations during the COVID-19 closures but with limited hours and visits by appointment. More information is available by calling (937) 332-6919 or visiting the shelter website at www.co.miami.oh.us/shelter.
Coronavirus: Tell us your story ideasThe promotional program is part of a new culture and new physical atmosphere instituted at the shelter during the past year, said county Commissioner Ted Mercer, who is the commission liaison with the shelter."We drive home to our shelter staff that finding forever homes for our animals is our No. 1 priority along with the animals' well-being. One new way we're doing this is by having pamphlets attached to pizza boxes," Mercer said. "I salute the shelter staff for making this happen. I want to especially thank our local pizza retailers for their help."