Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, New York-based North Shore Animal League America will open its doors for a 36-hour adoption event. The league will have over 700 puppies, kittens, dogs and cats available for adoption at its Port Washington headquarters.
The adoptathon, an annual event, will bring together shelters in all 50 states and every time zone around the world to find homes for pets and promote the importance of adopting a shelter pet.
Shelters in the Fiji Islands, Finland, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Romania, Turkey, India, Canada, Nigeria, Lithuania, South Africa and Australia will also be participating.
In 1995, Pet Adoptathon began as a North Shore Animal League adoption weekend, with the goal of finding homes for each and every dog and cat at the League. That weekend, over 500 needy pets found homes.
Ever since, the league has invited shelters around the world to participate in Pet Adoptathon. Last year, close to 1,000 shelters participated, including organizations in all fifty states and over 23 countries worldwide with at least one shelter in each time zone. To date, Pet Adoptathon has fostered over 229,000 adoptions worldwide.
At the headquarters event in New York, there will be performances by the Purina Incredible Dog Team, face painting, a spring plant sale and free gifts from Pet Adoptathon sponsors. Also, experts and authors will be available to answer questions about adoption, training, healthcare, nutrition and more.
This years event is sponsored by Purina, Bayer Healthcare LLC Animal Health Division, Fort Dodge Animal Health and Nylabone Products.
Posted: April 21, 2006, 5 a.m. EST