Richmond Metro Pet Savers Event is Tomorrow (April 10th)

Metro Richmond Pet Savers is a newly formed collaborative group of animal rescue groups and shelters who will take part in large, monthly Adopt-A-Thons in the parking lot of Richmond area PetSmart stores. The goal will be to accelerate the adoption of cats and dogs from county/city shelters that may otherwise be euthanized.

The first Adopt A Thon will take place on April 10, 2010 from 10am – 4pm at the PetSmart Store on CarMia Way in Chesterfield County. The targeted shelter for this month will be Chesterfield County Animal Shelter. The Adopt A Thons will take place monthly on the second Saturday of the month at different PetSmart stores (exact store locations will be announced in advance).

Participating animal rescues and shelters include AARF, Aussie Rescue and Placement, BARK, Bully Paws, Chesterfield County Animal Shelter, Give A Dog A Chance Rescue, Greyhound Pets of America, Henrico Animal Shelter, Hopewell Humane Society, Petersburg Animal Shelter, Powhatan Animal Control, Richmond Animal Care and Control, Rescue of Chained K9s, and Southside SPCA.

Richmond Metro Pet Savers was founded by Richmond Animal League, Ring Dog Rescue and Chesterfield County Humane Society, participating groups will transfer dogs and cats from county/city shelters in the week preceding the Adopt-A-Thon. If not done prior to transfer, the Richmond Animal League will sterilize, microchip, vaccinate and heartworm test those animals at rates below the published prices for their Loving Spay + Neuter Clinic.

On the day of the Adopt A Thon, participating groups will bring the animals they transferred from the shelters along with their other adoptable animals and set up an adoption stand beneath a large tent in the PetSmart parking lot. Throughout the day, the public will be encouraged to come meet the adoptable cats and dogs. Each group will facilitate the adoptions of their particular animals. PetSmart vendors will be on hand with free giveaways.

Questions and rescue organizations and shelters interested in joining Metro Richmond Pet Savers should be directed to