Puppy Palooza Prepares the Public for Pet Adoption
Before the stress of finals week hits you like a fast moving train, you may want to add one more topic to your list of things to learn: pet adoption.
The importance of pet adoption is constantly undermined when the general public is uninformed of the care, treatment and steps taken to successfully adopt a puppy from a local animal shelter.
If you find yourself daydreaming about adopting a puppy in your 9 a.m. double-block, then you are very similar to me.
If you also find yourself unaware of how, where and when the best time to adopt a puppy is, then you are even more like me!
Well, thanks to UF’s Off Campus Ambassadors, the answers to these questions can soon be easily answered. The Off Campus Ambassadors are hosting the first annual Puppy Palooza on Thursday, April 14th at the Plaza of the Americas from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The purpose of the event is to learn about the responsibilities of pet ownership. Local rescue and animal shelters will be there to teach future owners all about pet care, cost and even training all for free.
Many people simply don’t know the importance of adopting from local shelters. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and of that 7.6, 3.9 million are dogs. Millions of healthy dogs are killed at animal shelters simply because there is lack of space.
Gainesville has various animal shelters that will be attending Puppy Palooza, including the Alachua County Humane Society. The Alachua County Humane Society has been dedicated to finding not only dogs, but cats a home. The humane society strives to offer resources for pets and people in the local community to encourage the adoption of your next best friend.
If you’re a college student with a home or pet friendly apartment, getting yourself a puppy companion not only will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but will save the life of a puppy at risk of being killed. (Plus, think of all the chicks you’d pick up with your pup.)
Although no puppies will actually be at the event, various Gainesville animal shelters have websites with pictures of the dogs that are up for adoption.