Animal Services Combine Forces To Place Dogs, Cats

By  //  October 29, 2013

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Building off a successful “Super Adoption Event” in June, Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement and SPCA of Brevard are coordinating efforts to hold four Community Mega Adoption events in 2014, with the goal of placing 2,000 sheltered dogs and cats into forever homes.

Building off a successful "Super Adoption Event" in June, Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement and SPCA of Brevard are coordinating efforts to hold four Community Mega Adoption events in 2014, with the goal of placing 2,000 sheltered dogs and cats into forever homes. (SPCA image)

Building off a successful “Super Adoption Event” in June, Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement and SPCA of Brevard are coordinating efforts to hold four Community Mega Adoption events in 2014, with the goal of placing 2,000 sheltered dogs and cats into forever homes. (SPCA image)

Mega adoption events are planned locally for each quarter in 2014.

The events will entail pulling 2,000 animals from county shelters who are “at risk” of being euthanized, placing them in temporary foster homes and highlighting their availability for adoption through advance advertising.

Adoption cost will be $25, which includes spay/neuter and vaccinations.

“We need up to 400 temporary foster caregivers to provide a life-saving bridge for at-risk cats and dogs in the weeks prior to each event. Residents who wish to participate can go to www.SPCAMegaAdoptions.org for more information and sign up,” said Fred Allen, SPCA Mega Adoption Event coordinator.

EVENT SCHEDULED FOR JAN. 25-26

The initiative is modeled after First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville, which developed a “mega adoption” model that in 2013 led to a new national record for cat and dog adoptions in a single event with over 1,000 adoptions.

Brevard County held a similar event in June, called the “Rescue Me Super Adoption Event”shich drew a turnout of more than 500 people and led to the adoption of 104 animals in a single day.

spca-logo-180Brevard County is expected to have a few hundred less euthanasia deaths in 2013 compared to 2013, and this year’s total euthanasia deaths may be around 5,400 compared to over 9,000 in 2007.

“With the continuing downward trend and 2,000 adoptions of at-risk animals in 2004, Brevard County could be declared ‘No-Kill’ in 2015,” said Karla Torpy, director of Brevard County Animals Services and Enforcement.

The initial Mega Adoption event is scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 25-26 at the Azan Shriners Center on Eau Gallie Boulevard in Melbourne.

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