“There’s such a need to help animals out there,” said shelter volunteer and event coordinator Fran Jackson of west Cobb. “I enjoy doing the adopt-a-thons and I’ll do it forever.”
There will be 30 vendors on site, all of which are local animal-related businesses and organizations, food vendors, raffles, music and a book-signing by Ed T. Payne, the author of “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” about a dog named Molly that was adopted from the local shelter.
Other participants in this year’s ever-growing event are a mobile groomer, a Cobb County K-9 demonstration, dog day cares, a mini agility course for dogs, rescue groups for rabbits and reptiles and animal clinics that work closely with the shelter.
The newest addition will be a visit by Cooper’s Cupboard, which is a pet food pantry.
“They help people keep animals that they might want to turn in but might need help with the food,” Jackson said. “They try to help people keep a pet in their house.”
The shelter will be accepting donations of unopened, unexpired food for the pantry.
There will also be special deals on adoption costs for any cats or dogs adopted.
“We have anything that anybody is looking for,” Jackson said. “Long-haired, short-haired, pure bread, big or small … we’ve got it.”
The adoption fee during Saturday’s event will be $85. It is normally $115. This cost includes spaying or neutering, a microchip, heartworm tests, combo tests for cat, the first set of shots, deworming and rabies shots.
The shelter will have two dogs and two cats every hour that can be adopted at a special rate of $45. It has 299 animals available for adoption, including 168 dogs and 131 cats of all ages.
“We are looking for forever homes in these adoptions,” Jackson said.
She also said they are hoping to continue to increase the number of animals adopted like in years past.
The first year of the event they adopted out 60 animals in six hours and last year it was 70.
“Our number to beat is 70,” Jackson said. “If we get to 71, I’d be so excited”
Each time an animal is adopted, they ring a cowbell and announce thse owner’s name over the speakers.
“The whole place goes into an uproar!” Jackson said.
The weekend adopt-a-thon is the first for the new shelter director.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the public, the type of people that wouldn’t ordinarily come to the shelter,” Lt. Cheryl Shepard said. “And hopefully get a lot of animals adopted.”
There are about 300 animals at the shelter at this time and Robert Quigley, spokesman for Cobb County Government, said the shelter took in 13,305 animals in 2012 and euthanized 6,964.
“There is no hard and fast rule on when an animal is put down,” he said. “Factors considered are health, age and disposition. We try hard to find them homes.”