Three local shelters to Change A Pet's Life
That's Change A Pet's Life Day, a national effort to find homes for 3,000 animals from 300 participating shelters -- including three local ones -- in a single 24 hours.
To start off its program with a bang, Hill's Pet Nutrition of Topeka, Kansas, plans to pay the first 10 adoption fees at each shelter, a value of $25 to $300 depending on the pet.
For the rest Hill's plans to provide free pet food, a free training/information DVD, and free access to a hotline offering advice to first-time pet owners.
According to the official Web site, here are your local participating shelters:
Lake Humane Society
7564 Tyler Blvd. Ste. E., Mentor
Open noon to 5 p.m.
Euclid Animal Shelter
25100 Lakeland Blvd., Euclid
Open noon to 4 p.m.
Cleveland Animal Protective League
1729 Willey Ave., Cleveland
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eight million potential pets enter shelters each year, according to Janet Donlin, chief of Veterinary Business Channel at Hill's. Donlin predicts the lousy economy will cause a drop in adoptions this year, as well as a spike in homeless animals.
Don't impulse buy, but if you're up for the challenge how's next weekend for rescuing your new companion?
-- Sandra M. Klepach