Rescued Pups From 11 Virginia Shelters Will Come Out to Find New Homes at Huge ‘Adopt-a-Thon’

Mega Adoption Event Will Be Held on April 30 at PETA's Bea Arthur Dog Park, Celebrating National 'Adopt a Shelter Pet' Day

For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Partly in honor of National “Adopt a Shelter Pet” Day, PETA—along with 10 other Virginia animal adoption and sheltering agencies from Virginia Beach to Danville—is hosting an adopt-a-thon at its Bea Arthur Dog Park. Attendees will have the opportunity to patronize food trucks and other vendors plus the chance to meet dozens of pups eager to join their “forever” families.

Where:       The Bea Arthur Dog Park at PETA’s Sam Simon Center, 501 Front St., Norfolk

When:        Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

“PETA’s adopt-a-thon will be a fun way for Hampton Roads families to meet some of the wonderful dogs in our state who desperately need homes,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “There’s no better time than National ‘Adopt a Shelter Pet’ Day to meet the next love of your life and bring one of these sweet pups into your family.”

The other organizations participating in the regional event—which PETA will be live-tweeting via @PETA—are the Norfolk Animal Care Center, the Norfolk SPCA, the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter, the Peninsula SPCA, the Portsmouth Humane Society, the Virginia Beach SPCA, the Chesapeake Animal Services, Chesapeake Humane Society, the Danville Area Humane Society, and Partners Among Cats and Canines from Southampton County.

Every year, animal shelters across the U.S. are forced to euthanize millions of adoptable cats and dogs for lack of suitable homes. Countless other animals are abandoned to fend for themselves outdoors. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—encourages everyone to spay and neuter companion animals and never buy them from breeders or pet stores, which only exacerbate the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis.

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