Come one, come all – get your pets!
The Bryan Animal Caregivers is hosting an Adoptathon pet adoption event on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 1-5 p.m., under the pavilion at J.F. Gregory Park. The print version of the article on page 3A of the Wednesday edition mistakenly stated the event will be Saturday. The News regrets the error.
the Bryan Animal Caregivers organization is hosting a pet "Adoptathon" In addition to the animals in need of permanent homes, there will also be rabies vaccinations and a microchip clinic available.
"We’ve invited rescue organizations and shelters from around the area to bring out their pets in the hope that area residents will open their hearts and homes to a deserving animal," said Karen Rogers, the Bryan Animal Caregivers adoptathon coordinator. "We believe that it’s important for rescue groups and shelters to work together for the benefit of all homeless pets and we’re excited to be able to host an event that will give many pets a chance for a new life."
Each month, hundreds of pets in the coastal region are euthanized – simply because there aren’t enough homes for them, Rogers said. She said the adoptathon will include cats and dogs of all ages, as well as smaller pets like hamsters and guinea pigs.
"In addition to the adoptathon, we will be hosting a Rabies Vaccination Clinic conducted by Dr. Rachael Peeples, DVM, and a Microchip Clinic conducted by the Liberty Humane Shelter," Rogers said, noting the vaccinations will be $10 and microchips will be $25. "We will also be selling stuffed toy dogs with their own adoption certificates for the children. We see this as a great opportunity for educating children on the humane treatment of animals and hope that families will turn out to view the pets and provide a little TLC."
Rogers said the greatest challenge at the BAC is finding volunteers and they are always looking for animal lovers to provide some of their free time.
"We need volunteers to do so many things, from administrative tasks to fundraising and event planning, to pre-adoption home visits and adoption events," she said. "Whatever your talents and interests, we can find a way for you to help."
The BAC is most well-known for their Reduced Cost Spay/Neuter Program, which has been responsible for spay/neutering of over 2,500 dogs and cats since its inception in 2003. Members of the community who are interested in finding out more can contact BAC at 727-2694, visit their website at www.bryanac.org, or attend the adoptathon and talk with a BAC member.