Special $10 adoption fee encourages families to find “The One”

3281Whether it’s falling in love, landing the best job ever, or finding your dream home, you just know when it’s right. The same is true for finding the dog or cat who changes your life forever. The sensation is unmistakable: “I’ve found ‘The One.'” You can’t put your finger on it, but it’s so real you can’t ignore it.

This Valentine’s Day season, national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society and animal rescue groups and shelters across the country will encourage gift-givers to bypass pet stores and online pet retailers to adopt “The One” they’re looking for at a low adoption fee of just $10.

ACTion Programs for Animals (APA) is a Best Friends Animal Society Network partner, and they rescue DAC shelter animals via their Doña Ana Pets Alive (DAPA!) campaign. APA is offering $10 adoption fees on all their adoptable pets during the entire month of February because sometimes finding the right one can take some time.

Elizabeth Oreck, national manager for Best Friends Animal Society’s puppy mill initiatives, says that contrary to what many people have been led to believe, fancy papers and expensive price tags don’t make for great pets. The right cats or dogs do.

“Right now, we have amazing pets, including puppies, kittens, purebreds and mixed breeds of all types in shelters all over the country just waiting to be adopted,” Oreck said. “And for the amazing adoption fee of just $10, we hope people will reconsider adoption before purchasing a pet.”

Oreck points out that most people aren’t aware that nearly all pet stores and online sellers in the USA are supplied by the 10,000 or so puppy and kitten mills, large commercial breeding operations. The same is true of online suppliers.

“So, if you’re looking for a healthy and loving new dog, cat, puppy, or kitten, your local animal rescue groups, such as APA, are the places to go,” said Oreck.

Best Friends and APA/DAPA! remind those who want purebred dogs that nearly 25 percent of pets in shelters are purebreds and there are breed-specific rescue groups, too. That makes it possible to find nearly any type of pet can be found through a shelter or rescue group, leaving no reason to turn to puppy mill-supplied retailers.

And by simply choosing to adopt, rather than purchase, people can save the lives of shelter pets in danger of being killed simply because they are homeless.

“If you’re looking for a pet, skip the pet store and adopt ‘The One’ who’s right for you,” reminds Michel Meuiner, APA’s director. “If you don’t find the furry love of your life at APA, there are many other wonderful local organizations as well as the shelter where you can find your match. Adopting locally is also a great way to support our community’s No Kill efforts.”

Details about APA/DAPA!’s adoption events during this time frame are as follows:
• APA Furrever Home Adoption and Education Center, 800 W. Picacho Ave., open Tues., Thurs., and Sat. from 12 to 5 p.m. and Wed. and Fri. from 5 to 8 p.m. and available by appointment by leaving a message at info line: 644-0505

Sunday offsite adoptions:
• First and third Sundays at PetSmart (next to Old Navy on Lohman) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Second and fourth Sundays at PETCO (next to Ross on Lohman) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.