BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Humane Society has announced it is one of nearly 40 animal rescue organizations receiving grant funding to participate in the second ASPCA ‘Mega Match-a-thon event, which will take place Oct. 18-20.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is granting funds to support large-scale adoption events held simultaneously nationwide in an effort to save more lives of shelter animals. The event is timely as it is placed amongst two other national awareness days as October is Adopt-a-Dog Month and October 16 is also Feral Cat Day, in which BHS plans to publicly roll out their new Barn Cat program for cats that are happier and better suited for outdoor living but still need food, water, shelter and access to veterinary care.
“The event is a celebration of pet companionship and an opportunity to promote pet adoption,” says Suzan Bell, BHS Executive Director. “Our goal through this adoption event is to not only to see each of our animals get adopted into loving homes, but to also collaborate with shelters across the state, so that all animals throughout Maine can be offered the same opportunity. We hope to build a state-wide coalition that supports and advocates for pet adoption and we invite everyone in the community to join us. Working together we can save lots of animals and enrich the lives of new adopting families.”
Bangor Humane Society will be extending its business hours for this special event. BHS will be open 10 a.m. -8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. BHS will be partnering with The Animal Orphanage, which will be transferring some of its adoptable pets to BHS to be adopted during the event. The goal is to empty the shelter of every adoptable animal. When BHS participated in the national event last year, they adopted every adoptable pet in the building in the first 12 hours. They were the only shelter nationwide to empty the shelter during the event.
To prepare for the event, BHS will be closed Thursday, Oct. 17,and will not be accepting any owner-surrendered intakes of animals from Wednesday, Oct. 16, until Monday, Oct. 21, when they return to their regular operating hours.
Some more event details are as follows:
The event will feature special adoption fees.
All puppies will be $280
All kittens will be $50
All dogs 7 months to 1 year are $75.
All adult dogs over 1 year are fee waived.
All adopted animals will come with free ID and collar and free mircrochip.
Potential adopters need to be prepared with photo ID and payment for the adoption.
If anyone is looking to adopt an adult dog then all family members must be present to do the visit, including any family dogs as a dog-to- dog visit will be required.
“We invite people from across the state to visit us during our ASPCA Mega-Match-a-thon. We encourage them to come with open minds and open hearts, as we hope to match every adoptable pet in our shelter into a loving forever home,” says Stacey Coventry, BHS Director of Development and Public Relations. “Our goal is for the first time to have an empty shelter and to find a match for each of our animals.”
The Bangor Humane Society is busy planning the event details, which includes the spay/neuter and vaccination of all adoptable pets prior to the event. They are also training a large group of volunteers to help make the event a success. Individuals can stay tuned as event details unfold by listening to Kiss 94.5, watching WABI, or visiting the web at www.bangorhumane.org or www.facebook.com/BangorHumane.
Individuals can support the event by making a monetary donation or by encouraging friends, families, coworkers, etc to attend the event and consider adoption first. Local businesses can get involved by sharing news about the event or donating food and supplies. For inquiries they can contact Stacey at 942.8902 ext 103 or email at Stacey@bangorhumane.org.