UPPER MARLBORO –– More than 100 cats and dogs found new homes after a local animal shelter participated in a Pet Adoptathon at the Animal Services Facility. The event, hosted by North Shore Animal League America, connected 110 pets with new families. “You could feel the energy in the room,” said Chief Rodney Taylor, associate director […]
UPPER MARLBORO –– More than 100 cats and dogs found new homes after a local animal shelter participated in a Pet Adoptathon at the Animal Services Facility.
The event, hosted by North Shore Animal League America, connected 110 pets with new families.
“You could feel the energy in the room,” said Chief Rodney Taylor, associate director for the Animal Management division. “The families were very excited. We took pictures of them and put them on our Facebook page. Just to see the animals being socialized and the family spending a lot of time. It’s just a wonderful time.”
The Animal Management Division waived the adoption fee, enabling people to adopt their new friends to pay a total cost of $125 for a dog and $70 for a cat.
The adoptathon, spanned 20 week days and a Saturday, with adoption hours from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
Lindsey Calabrese, communications manager for North Shore America Animal League, thinks this event benefited the community by raising awareness of the variety of animals they can adopt at their local animal shelter.
“They don’t have to go to a pet store to adopt,” she said. “They can find a great animal in their shelter,” said Calabrese. “There [are] so many perfect animals at shelters and this event.”
Pet Adoptathon’s mission is to encourage people to go to animal shelters to adopt instead of going to a pet store, she said.
June marked the 20th anniversary of pet Adoptathon, which was started by North Shore Animal League America as an event held on their campus in Fort Washington, N.Y.
Twenty years later, it’s an event that more than 2,500 shelters and rescue organizations around the globe participate in every June, according to the department website.
“We’re very excited to be part of a national pet adoption event that educates the public about the importance of rescue and adoption, and helps find loving homes for the many pets living at our Animal Services Facility,” said Adam Ortiz, director for the department of Environmental Resources. “In addition to cats and dogs, the Pet Adoptathon supports all animals in our care including rabbits, goats, an iguana and a dove.”
The event, sponsored by Purina, was all about the fuzzy feelings people get around their forever pet, Taylor said.
“It really comes down to a feeling when you spend time with a pet,” he said. “It’s just a feeling you get that this is the one, you really feel connected. Animals have personalities, and I believe people’s personalities and animals’ personalities match up.”
People who adopted pets from municipal shelters during the Pet Adoptathon saved lives, too, because unlike no-kill shelters, municipal shelters euthanize pets.
“If you go in and you save a life by adopting an animal from one of those shelters, you’re actually not only saving one life, you’re saving two–– because you’re saving the life of the animal you’re adopting but you’re also opening up space for that shelter to take another animal,” Calabrese said.
Taylor said he hoped the event benefited the residents and pet lovers of Prince George’s County.
“We think this event will add another family member to the homes in our community in Prince George’s County, and I really believe when you bring a pet in your home, it makes the family even closer,” Taylor said. “Pets don’t change. Every day when you come home, they want to love on you.”