Whether you love pugs, Persians or pigs, you can help a homeless animal on Sunday.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, more than 30 animal rescue groups will be on hand for the third annual Pets911 Auxiliary Adoptathon.
"Last year we adopted out 72 animals," said Bari Mears, president of the Pets911 Auxiliary, "and this year we hope to do as well or better."
In Maricopa County, 50,000 animals are euthanized each year. "It used to be worse," said Mears. "The numbers are getting better, but they’re still horrendous."
Participating organizations include the Arizona Humane Society, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, AZ Persian Cat Rescue, AZ Pug Rescue, Pig Pallazzo, Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue and Friends for Life.
Some of the groups will allow same-day adoptions; others need time to check the application and may require a home visit first. PetsMart will give free "goody bags" to all adoptive pet parents.
Even if you’re not ready to adopt, Mears urges people to come out and learn more about animals and the groups dedicated to their care.
"Some of the groups come just to give out information and won’t have animals with them," she said, "and that’s fine with us, because part of our function is to educate the public."
It’s also a good way to choose an organization if you’re looking to volunteer. The event is free, but donations of money and pet supplies — including food,
toys, blankets and towels — will be accepted.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
Cost: Free; donations of money and pet supplies accepted
Information: (480) 951-1882 or (602) 992-4779