Last summer, the City of Toronto, Petsmart Charities, and the Toronto Humane Society sponsored a Mega Adoption Event over three days. It was hugely successful and hundreds of animals were adopted. People were lined up waiting on the Friday morning. In fact, organizers underestimated the demand and ran out of animals! More had to be brought in on the last day. They’re repeating the event this year.
From the TCR volunteer newsletter:
We are gearing up for Toronto’s 2nd Annual Mega Adoptathon running June 5-7 at the Queen Elizabeth Building on the Exhibition Grounds. The event, sponsored by Petsmart Charities of Canada, involves TCR, Toronto Animal Services, Toronto Humane Society and other rescue groups coming together for one weekend to adopt out as many cats and dogs as possible. The event will be attended by thousands over the three days!
Last year TCR found homes for over 110 cats and over 500 animals in total were adopted in 3 days. This year we are hoping for 150 adoptions!
My foster Baxter was the 350 adoption at the first-time event. This year, I have no cats ready for an adoption event so I will be volunteering instead (not that I couldn’t do both).
My friend and fellow TCR volunteer Joanna is organizing a work party the night before the event — something administrative — to help out. I’ll be joining her. Even better, her husband works for RBC and through a programme of theirs, if she gets a minimum number of people to help, RBC will donate money to TCR! Double the help!
I’ve booked off work that Friday and will attend all three days, cleaning cages, filling out paperwork, doing whatever needs to be done.
If you, or anyone you know, is looking for a cat — or dog — it’s a great opportunity to see a lot of different animals at once. And adoptions fees are greatly reduced! They’re only $25 (plus any licensing fees).
Remember, “adopt don’t shop“!!