Summertime Adopt-a-Thon at Timonium Fairgrounds on June 10, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Erin Long, Marketing Coordinator
Humane Society of Harford County
Fallston, MD (June 7, 2017) – For some 100+ homeless dogs and cats at Baltimore area shelters, a second chance at life is just a quick road trip away. On Saturday, June 10, five area shelters – the Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC), Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), the Maryland SPCA, the Baltimore Humane Society and Baltimore County Animal Services – will host a multi-shelter, mega adoption event from 11am-4pm at the state fairgrounds in Timonium.
The event will open to the public promptly at 11am on the morning of June 10 and remain open until 4pm or until all pets have been adopted. Families are able to bring home their new furry friends the day of the event. All adoptions are first come, first served, and thanks to a generous grant from the Petco Foundation, adoption fees have been waived for all pets at the event. Standard adoption procedures still apply. Adopters should bring a valid photo ID.
The goal of an event this size is to catch the attention of the community, in order to and draw in new adopters who are interested in giving a home to a homeless pet, but for various reasons have not visited an animal shelter.
“Shelters often hear people say they don’t want to go to the shelter because it’s too overwhelming or they don’t want to feel sad,” said Jennifer Brause, executive director at BARCS. “This is why off-site adoption events provide lifesaving outlets for shelter animals—we take the animals out of the shelters and bring them to the community in a different environment. The animals’ personalities really shine during a fun, social day-out, and they get in front of a whole new audience of potential adopters.”
This “mega” adoption event is the largest in the Baltimore area and surrounding counties. Adoptable animals will be posted this week on the event’s Facebook page.
- Adopters need to bring a valid photo ID with their current address. If current address does not match valid ID, additional proof of address must be provided (official mail, utility bill).
- Adopters may NOT bring their current pets to the event. Adoption counselors from each shelter will be giving all adopters very thorough instructions about acclimating new pets to homes with existing pets.
- All pets are same-day adoptions. Adopters must bring a vehicle that is the appropriate size to transport the pet they adopt.
- Cat carriers, leashes and collars will be available for additional purchase at the event.
About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $157 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 4.9 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.
About the Humane Society of Harford County
The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the welfare and well-being of the approximately 4,500 animals that come to us each year. We promote the kind treatment of homeless, stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, care, adoptions, and community education. We are not a county agency nor are we affiliated with any national or regional organization. Your tax-deductible donations, bequests, and proceeds from events are crucial to our life-saving efforts on behalf of the animals of our community.