Friday, February 11, 2011

Love a Cat/Love a Dog Adopt-a-thon

Adding a pet to your life has many benefits. Studies show dogs and cats can help reduce blood pressure during stressful situations, increase the recovery time from illness and disease and have beneficial psychological affects for all age groups.

So, it’s obvious why you should add a cute, loving pet to your life but pet adoption can sometimes be a hard process to navigate. Well, The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services, the Calgary Humane Society and MEOW Foundation are making it that much easier for people to adopt a pet by holding a Love a Cat/Love a Dog Adopt-a-thon.   

This event is a four day adopt-a-thon meant to increase public awareness of the pets available for adoption at all three agencies and to remove any barriers that may prevent Calgarians from adopting.

Director of The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services, Bill Bruce, said, “this collaborative promotion is focused on helping as many families as possible find their perfect pet, and by doing this, helping as many animals in need as possible.”  

The Love a Cat/Love a Dog Adopt-a-thon runs from Friday, Feb. 11 to Monday, Feb. 14. All three agencies will have adult cats available for adoption at a special fee of $75. Dogs will be available for a special adoption fee of $100 at the Animal Services Centre only.   

All cats and dogs will be spayed/neutered, microchipped or tattooed, vet checked, vaccinated (excluding rabies), and receive a free 6-month City of Calgary licence.

To learn more about the cats and dogs available for adoption at The City’s Animal Services Centre, visit the facility at 2201 Portland Street S.E. or check the website at, or call 3-1-1.

To view the cats available for adoption at the Calgary Humane Society, Calgarians can visit the facility located at 4455 110 Ave. S.E. or check their website at

To view the cats available for adoption through the MEOW Foundation, visit the agency’s website at or call 403-230-6033. Check all three websites for business hours and more information.

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