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Meet your special someone at the Valentine's pet adopt-a-thon

Courtesy/Michael Herrick<p>
This is Shyanne, a 4-year-old spayed female Golden Retriever mix. She is very friendly, house-trained, good with children and knows several commands including saying “I love you.” If you would like to meet Shyanne or any of our other great pets please come by the shelter or one of our adoption locations. You can call 445-2666 for more information.

Courtesy/Michael Herrick<p> This is Shyanne, a 4-year-old spayed female Golden Retriever mix. She is very friendly, house-trained, good with children and knows several commands including saying “I love you.” If you would like to meet Shyanne or any of our other great pets please come by the shelter or one of our adoption locations. You can call 445-2666 for more information.

We're all looking for that special someone. For some of us, it's a furry someone. If you're among that number, this Valentine's Day may be a lucky one for you - we're having a singles party.

Okay, so it's not exactly a singles party, but the Prescott PetSmart is hosting our version: an adopt-a-thon! Unfamiliar with the term? It means that local animal rescue groups are going to showcase their adoptable animals at PetSmart to meet you. I suspect we're going to make some love connections there.

PetSmart has always believed in helping homeless animals. Instead of selling dogs and cats, as some pet stores do, they offer space in their stores for rescue groups to adopt out animals. At our local PetSmart, Miss Kitty's Cat House and the Yavapai Humane Society share space throughout the week. Other groups are invited to bring animals to the store on the weekends.

It seems so rare these days for a national retail chain to so willingly assist a local community. Many of our local retailers support local efforts; they know we're all part of the same community. As a local rescue group, I can tell you that we could not survive without the support we get from local businesses like Olsen's Grain, SRP, NOAH's or the many other businesses that support our efforts.

I know what you're thinking: The folks at PetSmart want people to come to their store, look for that perfect pet, and buy lots of pet supplies to go along with their new friend. Of course, you're right; PetSmart is a business and, as such, they need to make money. But a business can turn a profit and still have a heart. You may not know that PetSmart Charities, the non-profit foundation of PetSmart, provides desperately needed funds to support rescue efforts throughout our country and has assisted in placing millions of animals. Look them up on the web; you'll find out what a heart PetSmart has.

But back to our matchmaking schemes for this Valentine's Day. At the adopt-a-thon, you can definitely find the critter of your dreams - and, if you're single and looking for a member of your own species, the adopt-a-thon is guaranteed to be crawling with animal lovers. Make it a point to stop by the adopt-a-thon this weekend, Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will find dozens of dogs and cats waiting to give you all the love and attention you deserve, and even a little more. You'll also get to meet groups like United Animal Friends, Circle L Ranch, Lucky Club, PAALS and others waiting to help you. Consider all of us as your personal matchmakers.

When you come, be prepared to spend some time with the animals. Like most great loves, making the decision to adopt an animal should never be rushed or impulsive. The best bonds are made when the decision is a mutual one. To paraphrase a popular ad, the cost of adopting an animal is $65-$150, the cost of food and supplies (don't forget a soft bed!) is $50-$100, but knowing the joy of having an animal adopt you is, and will always be, priceless.

Whoever your special someone is, make sure you show them you care with jewelry, flowers, or a giant dog bone - whichever seems most appropriate.

Duane Adams, executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society, can be reached at dadams@yavapaihumane.org or at the shelter at 445-2666.

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