PetSmart Charities is sponsoring the Spring Fling Adopt-a-thon weekend with seven local animal rescue organizations in the hopes of finding homes for rescued or surrendered animals.
The adopt-a-thon, which also took place last fall, will have more than 100 adoptable pets each day. Each pet will be spayed or neutered prior to being showcased for adoption, Karen Walsh, executive director of McKamey Animal Center, said.
In previous adoption weekends, organizations have not always had the funds to spay or neuter and provide shots prior to the adoption. This year, however, McKamey offered the service to the other participating organizations at a very low cost, Walsh said.
The organization's main goals for the event focus on finding a good quality of home rather than the quantity of homes found, Walsh said.
Last year's adopt-a-thon successfully adopted out 182 animals.
“The long-term goals are wonderful homes and animals that are healthy, happy and altered. Finding hundreds of homes is great but only if they are hundreds of quality homes,” Walsh said.
The other organizations involved in the adoption weekend are the Humane Educational Society, Trooper's Treasures, GrandDogs Rescue and Adoptions, Pet Placement Center and East Ridge Animal Shelter.
“Spring is a time of influx at all animal shelters as it is the primary breeding season for dogs and cats,” Walsh said. “This is why it is so crucial to get community buy in on responsible pet ownership ... We are seeing a change already since there are so many opportunities for spay/neuter in our community now.”
The event will take place Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. at the PetSmart on Gunbarrel Road.
The minimum adoption fee is $50 for dogs and $25 for cats; however, the numbers vary according to the organization through which the animal is adopted.