Free adoptions will be offered throughout the weekend at the following locations and times:
• Saturday, June 12 at PetSmart, 4655 Century Blvd. in Pittsburg from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (dogs and cats).
• Sunday, June 13 at PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way in Antioch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (dogs only).
• Sunday, June 13 at Pet Food Express, 5829 Lone Tree Way in Antioch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (cats only).
Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13 at PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way in Antioch 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13 at H.A.L.O. Foster Home, 6231 Sellers Ave. in Oakley noon to 3 p.m.
Thirty-eight shelters and adoption guarantee groups in Alameda and Contra Costa counties are participating in Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon. The event is sponsored by the Alameda-based Maddie’s Fund, the largest pet foundation in the country dedicated to saving dog and cat lives by helping to create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home.
To achieve this goal, Maddie’s Fund is investing its resources in building community collaborations in which animal welfare organizations come together to develop successful models of lifesaving.
In an effort to help empty participating shelters, Maddie’s Fund will give the groups $500 for each adoption performed during the two-day event. The foundation hopes to donate more than a half-million dollars.
The adoption event is being held to honor the memory of the foundation’s namesake, a miniature Schnauzer named Maddie, to increase awareness of shelter animals and their need for loving homes and to shed light on the tireless efforts of the shelters and adoption guarantee organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties that work so hard to save the lives of countless dogs and cats.
“It is our hope that by 2015, all healthy and treatable dogs and cats will be saved in the United States,” said Dave Duffield, Maddie’s Fund founder. “We believe that the American people will lead the charge. Maddie’s Fund is investing in the fantastic work being done by animal shelters and adoption guarantee organizations to help achieve the goal. Events such as Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon provide visibility for this very important cause.”
Those wishing to adopt an animal must have a fully fenced yard. Renters will need a note from landlords on their letterhead. No adoptions will be granted to families with children under 5 unless the pet’s history with small children is known. If adopters currently own a dog, they must book an appointment for the potential dog and current dog to meet.
H.A.R.P. is an all volunteer animal welfare organization dedicated to ending dog and cat overpopulation through community education, spay and neuter programs, and adoptions.
H.A.L.O is run strictly by volunteers who give their own time, money and homes to foster animals until they find good homes. All H.A.L.O pets get spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped. H.A.L.O. is also known for taking in many special-needs dogs and cats, paying for their medical needs and finding them loving homes.
For more information, visit www.harp-rescue.org, www.eccchalo.org or www.maddiesadoptathon.org.