By Sarah McCartan
Rather than spending those extra dollars on excessive chocolate and candy this Valentine’s Day, why not do something even sweeter?
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Escambia County’s Animal Services Advisory Committee (ASAC) is hosting “One More Special Adoption Day,” a day-long public animal adoption event held onsite at the Escambia County Animal Shelter (ECAS). The mission of One More Special Adoption Day is to help find loving homes for local animals by offering reduced adoption rates between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“Give an unforgettable gift in the lives of cats and dogs dreaming of the love and warmth of a forever home this Valentine’s Day,” encouraged Pattie Krakowski, ASAC Rep. District 3, One More Special Adoption Day Chairperson.
This is the second public adoption day held at the shelter within the past year. The first was “Just One Day,” a nationally recognized “no kill” event held on June 11, 2013. For this observance, ECAS signed up with shelters nationwide to halt euthanasias for the day, and instead focus efforts on adopting out shelter animals. Locally, Just One Day attracted more than 200 attendees, and 43 pets from the ECAS found forever homes. The intent is to continue such events every quarter moving forward, with One More Special Adoption Day serving as a step in that direction.
At the event, the first 100 adoptive individuals will receive gift bags as tokens of appreciation. The county will be providing lunch, and area rescue groups such as Pensacola Humane Society will be present, offering information about their organizations and services. A food drive for cats and dogs of all ages will also take place during the event.
“To make this possible, we will accept donations of products or financial contributions to purchase items to include in the gift bags and to cover other animal related gifts and expenses as needed throughout the year,” said Krakowski.
Checks can be written to Earth Ethics, Inc., an environmental and animal advocacy non-profit. Earth Ethics, Inc. has established the E.A.T. Cat and Dog Food Pantry Program, a food pantry for cats and dogs along the Gulf Coast, which provides assistance to families in need who face having to relinquish their pets because of financial constraints. In addition, the program assists those who take care of abandoned or stray cats, as well as local rescue groups.
One More Special Adoption Day
WHEN: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11
WHERE: Escambia County Animal Shelter, 200 W. Fairfield Drive
COST: Free and open to the public
To view animals currently available for adoption at the Escambia County Animal Shelter, visit myescambia.com/community/adoptable-animals.