Of the 6 to 8 million cats and dogs entering shelters each year, approximately half are euthanized. PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Humane Society, a no-kill shelter, is trying to change those numbers to be more pawsitive.
October is National Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, and PAWS is working with several local animal rescue groups and organizations to bring families and friends together through the adoption of loving companions.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, PAWS will host the Pet-a-Palooza Adoption event and other animal activities at Saturn of Rockford, 343 N. Perryville Road.
Individuals and families can meet four-legged friends, both cats and dogs, while taking in some dog-gone fun entertainment with the Forest City Dog Training Club (FCDTC) and their canine companions. FCDTC will hold mock agility and obedience trick demonstrations during the day at the top of each hour.
Gift baskets will also be raffled off, and Pampered Pet will be on hand for nail trimming. All proceeds from the event will be distributed to the participating rescue organizations.
PAWS Humane Society (formerly Humane Society of Winnebago County) is a non-profit organization not affiliated with any government, county or local entity, to support its programs. Other rescue groups and animal services organizations include New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue, Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Winnebago County Animal Services, Friends Forever Humane Society-Freeport, Fresh Start Animal Rescue, Greyhound Rescue, Canine Corners Dog Park and Airport Pet Lodge.
Limited adoptions may take place with select groups, and interested individuals can pre-apply and undergo a background check prior to the event by contacting the desired group. Not all organizations will take pre-applications. Most organizations can be found online at www.petfinder.com, or by contacting Jeannine French with PAWS Humane Society at (815) 988-1588 (www.humanesocietywc.org).
For more information, contact Saturn of Rockford at (815) 394-5400.
from the Oct. 3, 2007, issue