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PetSmart holds Pet Adopt-A-Thon Friday through Sunday

This coming weekend, the Prescott PetSmart store and PetSmart Charities are once again sponsoring the Pet Adopt-A-Thon. This will be a three-day program to take place at the Prescott PetSmart store located west of the Costco store off Highway 69. The Yavapai Humane Society along with Circle L Ranch; Greyhound Pets of America; Lucky Club; Rescue a Golden of Arizona; United Animal Friends; and Miss Kitty's Cat House; will join together to participate in this year's spring adoption event. We all plan to be at PetSmart Friday, May 2, Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. each day.

Many wonderful, adoptable pets will be there for you and your family to meet. We will have dogs, cats, puppies and kittens of all ages, colors and sizes looking for loving, lifetime homes. Each animal has been spayed or neutered and each has their basic vaccinations. While you're attending this event, we invite you to enjoy a free hot dog and soda on us. Our staff and volunteers will be manning the grill all three days, so come hungry!

For the past month, the team at YHS has been gearing up for this adopt-a-thon. Our shelter is currently filled with dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available for adoption and many of them will be at this event. We ask that everyone who is considering the adoption of a new pet stop by PetSmart the weekend of May 2-4 to check out the animals waiting for a new home. These pets are deserving of a second chance to be part of a loving family. If we can find suitable new homes for all the animals present at the adopt-a-thon, it would be a dream come true.

We are very excited because this will be a fun filled weekend allowing us to show many pets looking for new homes. However, only a sample will be on hand as there are so many looking for new homes. As our community continues to grow, so does the pet population. And, we can't stress enough how important it is to spay or neuter your pets to reduce the number of homeless animals.

We also want to stress if you do adopt a pet from one of the rescue groups at the adopt-a-thon, please do so because you truly want a new family pet; and understand the responsibilities that accompany your decision. Remember, acquiring a pet is a family decision and a lifetime commitment. Few things are more stressful for one of our animals then being returned to the shelter because the adopter was not properly prepared to assume the responsibility of pet ownership. However, even if it's not the right time for you to adopt a pet, come on out and take part in the festivities anyway. We'll spring for a hot dog and a soda! And, this year there's going to be live music provided by The Revelle Experience (50's rock). This group will be performing Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m.

We hope to see you at the PetSmart adopt-a-thon the weekend of May 2-4. Please plan to attend this fun event. You just might find the love of your life!

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