Looking for a puppy to give to someone special for Christmas? It’s not too late.
Atlanta’s first-ever Super Pet Adoption day–offering more than 200 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens from local shelters and rescue groups–is this Saturday, Dec. 22.
Ashley Freedman, a lawyer with the Social Security Administration and an animal lover, has organized the event, which will be from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the North Atlanta Trade Center, located at 1700 Jeurgens Court in Norcross.
Many people seek a last-minute pet for Christmas, said Freedman, a longtime volunteer with pet rescue groups and Fulton County Animal Services.
The Atlanta Humane Society, where many turn, runs out of puppies in the weeks before the holiday, she said, and time is running short to adopt a rescue pet from a foster parent.
That prompted her to organize the Super Pet Adoption day.
“It’s one-stop shopping,” Freedman said, adding that people can bring their pets with them to make sure they will get along with prospective adoptees.
All pets available for adoption will be spayed, neutered and current on vaccines.
Visitors can also have pet photos taken with Santa Paws and get their faces painted. Pet-related vendors and low-cost pet micro-chipping and rabies vaccines will be on offer. All dogs adopted get a certificate for a free self-service grooming session at Kirkwood and Smyrna Bark & Lounge, one of the sponsors.
Atlanta Animals Alive, the nonprofit Freedman formed for the event, will collect donations of pet toys, treats, towels and blankets for shelter animals.
“I’m hoping it becomes an annual event for the holidays,” Freedman said.
For a list of participating shelters and recue agencies or to get involved, check www.AtlantaAnimalsAlive.org.
Freedman can be contacted at email@example.com.