First, I wanted to recap a bit of the Maddie’s Adoption weekend I told you about on my last column. Their goal was 10,000 adoptions nationwide. Remember, Maddie’s Fund was footing the bill for all of these adoptions and they had a lofty goal and a large $10 million dollar budget. But as you can see from this snippet of their press release, they smashed their goal, and then some!
“In 2014, its fifth year, Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days was held the weekend of May 31 and June 1. More than 200 shelters and rescue groups in 9 states worked hard to find homes for more than 15,000 shelter pets – an increase of 78% over last year’s 8,432 adoptions! Maddie’s Fund originally set aside $10 million this year to underwrite these adoptions, but the total donation amount is likely to be much higher.”
Locally, our shelters and rescues did very well. It was an amazing weekend full of so much enthusiasm and hope for these animals. I watched in awe at a couple of different adoption locations at the sheer dedication and care by the volunteers of the rescues, and both staff and volunteers at the shelters. But, the push to find homes for our local homeless animals continues. Remember, you can continue to support our local shelters and rescues even after the Maddie’s event by clicking on this list of local shelters and non-profit rescues.
Did you know that it’s not uncommon for 40+ dogs to come through the Martinez shelter doors on any given weekend? Yes, just a weekend. Some are strays and will be reunited with their owners. Some are surrendered by their owners. And still some, are never claimed. If they pass their temperament tests, they go up for adoption. Almost every breed you can imagine goes through the shelter doors, what’s your favorite? And it’s not just the shelters. Think of the rescues. There are many local, reputable rescues, some specializing in certain breeds. Each time you adopt from a rescue, you free up a foster home so they can pull another from the shelter. If you’re not ready for the commitment of adoption, think about fostering. Rescues need you!
We will continue to feature available dogs (and cats) at our Smart Paws Facebook page and you can always search by zip code at www.PetHarbor.com. There are currently 30+/- dogs available at the shelter waiting for their forever home. The shelter is located at 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez. You can call them at (925) 335-8300.
And for you kitty lovers, another great program going this June at the Martinez shelter:
“June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. We are celebrating all month long by waiving all fees for senior cats 7 years and over as part of our “Senior Moment” promotion. Please consider adopting an older cat. They still have a lot of love left to give!
We’re are open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10am until 5pm and Wednesdays until 7pm.”
Finally, we leave you with just 4 of the over 30 dogs available for adoption now at the shelter. Go down there and meet your new best friend! You can search for their ID numbers at www.PetHarbor.com. Adopt, don’t shop! “Like” us on Facebook so you can help us share these deserving pets waiting at the shelter!