Each year, some 6.5 million dogs and cats, in roughly equal numbers, end up in animal shelters nationwide, and about 1.5 million are euthanized. The numbers are down from about 7.2 million and 2.6 million, respectively, in 2011. “This decline can be partially explained by an increase in the percentage of animals adopted,” says the Humane Society of the United States.
Two adoption events this weekend will aim to help dozens more dogs and cats find new homes. All pets are spayed, neutered and immunized. Adoption fees vary.
The annual Phoenix Animal Care Coalition (PACC911) adoptathon will feature 60 animal-rescue organizations and hundreds of dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small pets, said event spokesperson Cheri Moreno. There will be a food vendor, and a lure course, as in years past, where you can learn if your dog was meant to race.
Donations of pet food for dogs and cats are welcome, and those who donate are entered into a raffle. Kids and well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome.
PACC911 Pet Adoptathon
10 a.m.– 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25
Anthem Community Park
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway
A separate Pet Expo & Adoption, hosted by Anthem Pets Animal Rescue, will take place at the Enclave at Anthem.
Pet Expo & Adoption
9:30–11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25
Enclave at Anthem
42015 N. Venture Drive
Number of pet adoptions made at last year’s PACC911 Adoptathon in Anthem