The Petfinder Big Birthday Adoption Event: IT’S ON!


birthday-dog_200x200.JPGThe Petfinder Big Birthday Adoption Event has begun! Here are just a few examples of the nearly 1,500 events happening across North America to help find home for 15,000 pets this weekend. Find an event near you here.

Birthday Garage Sale Fundraiser!
Black and Orange Cat Foundation in Plain City, OH, is celebrating our birthday at its annual garage sale (check out the local blog coverage!).

Cake, Face Painting and a Spacewalk!
Cabot Animal Shelter in Arkansas is offering birthday cake, a Scooby Doo Spacewalk and face painting for kids (learn more).

Extended Hours and Waived or Reduced Adoption Fees!

Elk County Humane Society in St. Marys, PA, is extending its Saturday adoption hours until 5 p.m., waiving adoption fees for cats and offering reduced adoption fees for long-term dog residents.

On-site Dog Trainers and Free Mini-consultations!
Have a Heart, Inc. in Delray Beach, FL, is offering a free Meet the Trainer event at its birthday event, which includes a training session with the adoptable dogs in the morning and one-on-one mini-sessions for attendees and their dogs in the afternoon (learn more).

$15 Cat Adoption Fees!
Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City, NJ, is offering $15 cat adoptions and reduced fees for dog adoptions in honor of our 15th birthday. (And check out the profile picture on its Facebook page!)

Cupcakes and Balloons!
Montana Companion Animal Network, Inc. in Corvallis, MT, is offering free cupcakes and balloons at its event (which got its details and flier posted on!).

Street Party and Half-Off Adoption Fees!
Montclair Township Animal Shelter in New Jersey is offering half-off adoption fees for dogs and cats during its birthday street party, which will feature music and cake and was written up on

Local Rescues, An Animal Chiropractor and More!
Peggy Adams Rescue League in West Palm Beach, FL, is hosting various rescue groups, plus trainers, groomers, an animal chiropractor, Roger Dean baseball players and more at its three-day event.

Birthday Bucks for $15 Off Adoption Fees!
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ, created Birthday Bucks that adopters can bring in to receive $15 off their adoption fee (it’s also hosting seven other adoption groups and serving birthday cake!).

A Birthday Open House!
Wildrun in Spencer, NY — usually open by appointment only — will be open to the public from 1-4 on Saturday. Learn more on the Wildrun blog.

In addition to those and hundreds of other adoption happenings, multi-organization events are taking place in 10 major cities. See them after the jump! We’ll be counting the adoptions live all weekend on our birthday page, where you can also search for events near you and view a gallery of featured pets nominated by shelters and rescue groups.


Where: Fulton County Animal Services; 860 Marietta Blvd NE; Atlanta, GA 30318
When: 11-6 on July 15; 10-4 on July 16 and 17
Participating organizations: DanasDogHouse; Fulton County Animal Services

Where: MSPCA Boston Adoption Center; 350 South Huntington Ave.; Boston, MA 02130
When: 4-8 p.m. on July 17
Participating organizations: Calliope Rescue; Charles River Alleycats; MSPCA Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center

Where: SPCA of Texas; Dealey Animal Care Center; 362 S. Riverfront Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75207
When: 12-6 on July 15, 16 and 17
Participating organizations: SPCA of Texas

Los Angeles area
Where: Amanda Foundation Vet Hospital; 351 North Foothill Road; Beverly Hills, CA 90210
When: 11-4 on July 17
Participating organizations: Ace of Hearts; Amanda Foundation; Bill Foundation; Kinder4Rescue; Much Love Animal Rescue
Where: Nashville Humane Association; 213 Oceola Avenue; Nashville, TN 37205
When: 10-5 on July 16
Participating organizations: Nashville Humane Association

New York area
Where: St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center; 575 Woodland Road; Madison, NJ 07940
When: 11-4 on July 16 and 17
Participating organizations: Jersey Shore Animal Center; Monmouth County SPCA; Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter; People for Animals; Delaware Valley Second Chance for Animals; St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

Palm Beach area
Where: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League; 3100 North Military Trail; West Palm Beach, FL 33409
When: 11-4 on July 15, 16 and 17
Participating organizations: A Second Chance Puppies & Kittens Rescue; Adopt a Dog Foundation; Luv A Pet; Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

San Francisco area
Where: Oakland Animal Services; 1101 29th Avenue; Oakland CA 94601
When: 12-5 on July 16 and 17
Participating organizations: Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society; Oakland Animal Services; San Francisco SPCA; Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation

Spokane, WA
Where: SpokAnimal Clinic; 715 N. Crestline; Spokane WA 99201
When: 11-2 on July 16
Participating organizations: All American Dachshund Rescue – Northwest Region; Inland Empire Golden Retriever Rescue; River City Pet Rescue; Spokane Regional American Eskimo Club; Virginia’s Min Pin Rescue; Washington Basset Rescue

Where: City of Toronto Animal Services South Region; Horse Palace Exhibition Place; 140 Princes Blvd.; Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3C3
When: 10:30-6:30 on July 15, 16 and 17
Participating organizations: City of Toronto Animal Services South Region; Speaking of Dogs Rescue [City of Toronto Animal Services East Region; City of Toronto Animal Services North Region and City of Toronto Animal Services West District are also holding adoption events at their respective locations.]

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More about the Petfinder Big Birthday Adoption Weekend:

Birthday page: Find a participating shelter near you

Blog: Six ways to help 15,000 pets find homes this weekend

NBC’s Home Goes Strong Article: Petfinder: Where to find a pet

Blog: Live in Chicago? Head to Jiffy Lube (yes, Jiffy Lube) to meet adoptable pets!

Blog: Help us find homes for 15,000 pets in one weekend!

Gallery: See featured shelter-nominated adoptable pets