Saturday, January 17, 2009

One day, 3,000 adoptions from pet shelters, no fees (click here for more info)

It's Homer J., along with my lazy brother Alex, with an important message from the pages of the McPaper; USA Today. January 24th is Change a Pet's Life Day and we want you all to know about it. Although our favorite shelter, Almost Heaven Golden retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, is not a participating shelter, they do have many wonderful dogs available for adoption. You can see the adoptable pets at their web site: http://www.almostheaven-golden-retriever-rescue.org/doglist.html

Please consider helping to change a pet's life next Saturday, January 24th. Remember, you don't have to adopt an animal to change a pet's life, you can contribute to a shelter for the care, feeding and welfare of the animals awaiting their fur ever homes. I know because I am a grateful former shelter dog who knows that one person like you can Change a Pet's Life. I was rescued from a high kill shelter and then adopted by my new mom and dad and now live with what I can only describe as a bunch of Bozos because it certainly is a circus. - Homer J

Petey, an Australian cattle dog, is up for adoption at the SPCA of Texas in Dallas, one of 300 shelters participating in Change a Pet's Life Day on Jan. 24.By Jessica Rinaldi, for USA TODAY
One day, 3,000 adoptions from pet shelters, no fees. By Sharon L. Peters, Special for USA TODAY
They're pulling out all the stops next week — including giving pets to some adopters at no charge — in a nationwide effort to boost the number of shelter animals that find new homes.
Three hundred shelters across the USA are holding Change a Pet's Life Day on Jan. 24, aimed at focusing attention on shelters and rescue groups and enticing potential adopters. Fees for the first 10 adoptions at each participating shelter will be paid for by Topeka-based Hill's Pet Nutrition, which organized the event.
Eight million pets a year enter shelters and many experts believe that with the sour economy, intake numbers are increasing while adoptions are holding steady or decreasing. The 300 shelters are promoting the event on their websites, on Craigslist and in their local media. The notion of essentially giving away animals to adopters is a controversial one in shelter circles. There are concerns that people who don't pay for pets put less value on the animals; plus, adoption fees are vital income to cover sterilizations and vaccinations, as well as to tend to sometimes significant health problems. The shelters will be using their normal screening processes to filter out inappropriate adopters, and the emphasis won't be on getting as many animals as possible out the door but on making solid adoption matches. The list of the 300 participating shelters can be found at http://www.feedingisbelieving.com/believe/shelter-search.do

1 comment:

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If you can, please consider opening your home to a homeless animal, preferably a dog or cat or other domesticated animal; livestock does better on farms and wild animals do better in zoos and parks. Your local Humane Society or SPCA or Animal Shelter has a wide selection of could be, should be, pets looking for new homes. If you can't adopt, perhaps you can at least become a sponsor. We'll show you how to help out Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary (AHGRRS) on our blog page, but you can help out any organization of your choice, but please help; contribute or volunteer.
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