By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Hundreds of pets found loving homes on Jan. 25-26 at a Mega Adoption Event, hosted by local animal welfare agencies.
Brevard Community Mega Adoptions, which consists of the SPCA of Brevard, Brevard County Animal Services, Brevard ASAP, Hope for Brevard, the Central Brevard Humane Society and the Space Coast Feline Network, hosted its first Mega Adoption Event of the new year at the Azan Shrine Center in Melbourne.
The weekend saw 277 animals find a new place to live, including 149 cats and 128 dogs.
"People love Mega Adoption Events and other types of off-site adoption events because many of them will never enter a shelter, even a no-kill one, like the SPCA," Susan Naylor, media specialist for SPCA of North Brevard, Inc. "Adoption events allow people to save the life of a shelter animal, which makes them feel good without ever having to step foot in a shelter. Plus, they have the added bonus of finding a new best friend."
Ms. Naylor said that it is Mega Adoption Events that help Brevard County move one step closer to becoming a no-kill community.
"Obviously, one Event will not achieve this goal by itself, but, along with other efforts in place, such as the SPCA Melbourne Square Mall Cat Adoption Center and weekend adoption events at Reninger's Flea Market, it is a step in the right direction," she said. "We wanted to start 2014 off in the right direction and with a bang"
All pets at the adoption event had already been spayed or neutered and were up-to-date on vaccinations.
Ms. Naylor said that these Mega Adoption Events show a community in unison, working together to achieve a common goal.
"We are starting to see teamwork between the various animal welfare organizations in this county, which is a big reason why this event was so successful," she said. "However, there must also be a county-wide funded, free and low-cost spay-neuter fund that is accessible to residents."
Ms. Naylor said that the next Mega Adoption Event is scheduled for Oct. 25-26 at the Azan Shrine Center in Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.spcanorthbrevard.com.