Hundred Of Pets Adopted For Free
Published May 31st, 2014
GAINESVILLE - North Central Florida is taking part in America's biggest free pet adoption.
There are six different pet rescue organizations in the community offering free adoptions, called Maddie's Pet Adoption Days. This is why local shelters are looking forward to many empty cages by the end of this weekend.
To some, pets are like family. "And I just recently lost two cats so I am replacing them." After losing her furry loved ones, Angela Rose decided to adopt two new kittens-- Percy and Ruben.
"These animals… They wouldn't have a home if you didn't do that. So it's better to just adopt from shelters. I personally don't like pet stores, so it's giving these guys a chance," Rose said.
The biggest free pet adoption event in the country is happening this weekend and Alachua County is one of the 14 communities to take part in it.
This is all happening thanks to a grant from Maddie's fund, an organization working nationwide to end euthanasia and increase adoptions.
According to the Humane Society, there are about 2.7 million healthy shelter dogs and cats who are euthanized every year.
Heather Thomas the Executive Director of the Gainesville Pet Rescue said, "Like Maxwell here he has been waiting for a little while now… he was scheduled to be euthanized at the local shelter because he was heart worm positive but we got him treated medically and he is completely healthy now and he is just waiting for a home to go into."
If you decide to take one of these lovely animals home they are microchipped, spayed and neutered and their vaccines are up to date.
"We have so many wonderful animals in our shelter that deserve a loving home… some of them have just fallen on hard times and their owners aren't able to keep them. Some people just accidentally have litters of puppies and these are all wonderful animals, that all deserve wonderful homes," Thomas added.
One young pet adopter, Veronica Osteen suggests that if you get one of these four legged friends you, "Play with them, feed them… take good care of them."
If you didn't get come out to one of these pet rescues on Saturday, it's happening all over again Sunday. For a list of locations and hours and more information, click here.
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