The Arizona Humane Society wants to pair up plenty of animals with owners to decrease the overflowing numbers of animals in its shelters during an adopt-a-thon this weekend.
According to a statement, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) is one of 50 shelters across the country selected by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to take part in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, in which each shelter is challenged to increase its adoptions from June to August.
The 50 shelters compete on how many animals are adopted in that three-month span, with the winning shelter receiving $100,000 for its programs and services.
AHS plans to increase its adoption efforts between June to August to more than 4,048 — a number that supersedes last year’s adoption total of 3,462 in those months.
AHS has more than 400 animals ready for adoption, and more than 500 animals waiting to be placed on the adoption floor.
The adopt-a-thon is in conjunction with the AHS’ Summer to Save Lives campaign, which furthers initiatives to save animals.
Bretta Nelson, AHS spokesperson, said the society’s goal was to increase this year’s adoption numbers 20 percent over last year’s adoptions.
Discount adoption fees will be given to participants during the adopt-a-thon; the fees normally range from $50 to $200 based on the type of animals.
“This Friday and Saturday, adoption fees are just $24,” Nelson said. “We really think between the discounted adoption fee and extending our hours, we can really clear out our shelters and help out all those animals that are waiting to get on to the adoption floor. Our goal is to adopt out at least 300 pets.”
According to a statement, the adopt-a-thon will also lead into the Summer to Save Lives Lock-in, which features Valley leaders and radio personalities being locked in kennels at AHS’ Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion in Phoenix from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, as they each strive to raise $5,000 for AHS’ programs and services.
“Our goal for the lock-in is to raise $50,000 toward our new initiatives,” Nelson said.
Ahwatukee resident Mathew Blades of Mix 96.9 (KMXP-FM) will participate in the lock-in and has been an active volunteer with raising awareness for AHS.
“I do all kinds of events and participate in different fundraisers, but I kind of like when it’s a little bit outside the box and inside the kennel,” he said.
The adopt-a-thon will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the all four AHS’ locations.
For more information about the adopt-a-thon, visit www.azhumane.org.