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Animal Care and Control to Host 36-Hour Adoptathon Event this Weekend
Date: 6/23/2014
FLORENCE – Pinal County’s Animal Care and Control will host a 36-hour adoptathon event beginning on 8:00 AM Friday, June 27 until 8:00 PM Saturday, June 28. The adoptathon will take place at the Animal Care and Control shelter located at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande (just south of the Pinal County Fairgrounds).

Animal Care and Control is taking part in the Rachael Ray 100K Challenge. The challenge is targeting 100,000 animals to be adopted out of shelters across the country. It runs from June 1, until August 31. According to the challenge website, fifty shelters are in the competition to win $600,000 in prizes with a $100,000 grand prize.

“The idea of the contest is to increase the amount of animals adopted out during that three month span than you had last year during the same time period,” said Animal Care and Control Director Kay Dickson. “The title we have adopted for this adoptathon is: ‘Stay awake so we don’t have to put to sleep’ event. The employees are really pouring their heart and soul into this challenge.”

One of the highlights for the adoptathon is a “Dapper Dogs and Felines Pageant” on Friday from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the shelter. Emceeing the event is Ms. US Globe 2011, Mrs. USA Universal 2013 and devoted animal lover Amanda Grad. She will be joined by the music of Thomas Petersen.

“We are looking forward to this pageant,” Dickson said. “A lot of adoptable animals will be dressed to the nines to strut their stuff.”

During the adoptathon, dogs and puppies will be available for $50.00, cats and kittens will be $15.00. But if they are adopted during the times of 10:00 PM Friday night and 8:00 AM Saturday morning, the price goes down to $25.00 for a dog or puppy and $10.00 for a cat or kitten. All adoption fees include vaccines and a microchip.

“We are also offering for the first 36 people to tour our shelter, a $40.00 voucher toward spaying and neutering a currently owned pet,” Dickson said.

There will be a free dog washing station on Saturday from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. Dogs washed during that time will receive a gift.

“We are excited to host this event and we welcome everyone to come on over to see our shelter and our adoptable animals,” Dickson stated. “We are hoping to save a lot of lives during these three months of the challenge.”