McKamey Animal Center partners with Best Friends Animal Society for National Adoption Weekend September 16-18

McKamey Animal Center and Best Friends Animal Society are teaming up this weekend for another adoption campaign to encourage people to choose to adopt, not buy, their next pet.

“We are so grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this National Adoption Weekend with Best Friends. Our adoption fees will be waived for most of our adult and senior dogs and cats for the duration of this Our staff and volunteers really hope to see our longer residents, senior pets and large dogs being adopted during this weekend special,” said Lauren Mann, MAC Director of Advancement.

McKamey Animal Center is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All adoption fees will be waived for animals included in this adoption event. All dogs and cats are sterilized, microchipped, protected against parasites and have received vaccinations appropriate to their age before leaving the Center with their new owner. Adoption fees generally range between $50 and $300, depending on age, breed, type, etc. of the animal.

To see all the animals available at the MAC, go to the MAC website at www.mckameyanimalcenter.org/available-pets.

The officials said: “Recent data released by Best Friends showed that US shelters were seeing an increase in animal intakes and a decrease in pet adoptions from shelters. This has gradually turned into a crisis. in the animal welfare community, forcing many shelters, including MAC to In 2022 already, MAC has seen an influx of animals coming through its doors in need of help Over 4,000 animals have already been cared for at the MAC this year, which is 600 more than the same time last year. Currently, more than 130 animals are looking for adoption, and hundreds more are cared for by MAC.

“Anyone considering adding a new pet to their family can make a difference by choosing to adopt instead of buying their pet.”

“There is a growing shelter crisis across the country and the animal welfare community is not going to just sit back and let innocent animals die,” said Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society. “In fact, it’s quite the opposite. We’re joining forces with our extensive network of shelters and rescues across the country to host our third National Adoption Weekend since May to get people out and about. to adopt.

“Due to recent issues such as understaffing, limited shelter hours, dwindling volunteers and reduced adoption events, now is the time to help save lives by adopting an animal. company,” officials said.

“We have evidence that national promotions like the first two adoption weekends we held in May and July are working,” Ms Castle said. “Our July National Adoption Weekend saw nearly 10,000 animals adopted in three days.”

“That’s why McKamey Animal Center is proud to be part of the upcoming National Adoption Weekend,” officials said.

“We are seeing unprecedented numbers of puppies, kittens, dogs and cats coming to us. We are not excluded from any of these challenges that other shelters face – we are certainly more than overcrowded at this point. Looking at our data, we are currently at over 200% of our humane housing capacity. Our staff do everything in their power for the animals in our care,” said Lauren Mann. “For every animal adopted, four to five other animals are waiting to come and fill our kennels. Our welcome program has been absolutely essential. during this difficult time. If someone isn’t quite ready to commit to adoption, fostering an animal in need can still make a huge difference in that animal’s life.

Benjamin M. Yerger