“Sleepover at the Shelter” Event to Raise Money for Spay-Neuter and Increase Adoptions of Shelter Pets

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Group of Volunteers to Spend 24 Hours at the Downey Animal Shelter

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"We are thrilled that the Downey Animal Care Center was selected for this fun event to highlight the wonderful companions waiting for new families,” said Marcia Mayeda, director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Animal Care and Control.

There are thousands of homeless pets at Los Angeles-area animal shelters waiting for a home of their own. Shelter Me, Bark Avenue Foundation, ABC7 and the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation are partnering for the first “Sleepover at the Shelter” at the County of Los Angeles, Downey Animal Care Center on June 12th.

"Sleepover at the Shelter” is an innovative event to raise awareness, increase adoptions of homeless pets and raise money to provide spay-neuter to pets in underserved communities.

A group of volunteers will stay at the Downey Animal Care Center over a 24-hour period beginning on Friday, June 12th at 11 a.m. to bring attention to shelter pets waiting to be adopted.

“We are thrilled that the Downey Animal Care Center was selected by our community partners for this fun event to highlight the wonderful companions waiting for new families,” said Marcia Mayeda, director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Animal Care and Control. “Increasing resources available to families for spay and neuter means fewer future pets will be in need of homes.”

Volunteers will stay in three separate "kennels," which are fenced in play yards adjacent to the dog kennels. Similar to a 10K run/walk, the public can pledge money for the number of hours a volunteer stays in a kennel.

The goal is to raise $30,000, which will provide 400 free spay-neuter surgeries, microchips and vaccinations for pets of families in the communities served by the Downey Animal Care Center.

"Sleepover at the Shelter" will culminate with a fun adoption event at the Downey Animal Care Center on Saturday, June 13th (11258 South Garfield Ave., Downey, CA 90242). Dogs, cats and rabbits will be available for adoption.

For more information, please visit: http://www.SleepoverAtTheShelter.com

Shelter Me

Shelter Me is a national TV series that celebrates shelter pets by telling uplifting stories. We believe that change comes from inspiration, not desperation. Shelter Me is campaign to entertain, educate and activate people. ShelterMe.com enables anyone to create and share profiles of shelter pets to help get them adopted. Additionally, Shelter Me partners with other animal service organizations to promote and fund programs that help shelter pets including spay-neuter and animal transports.

Bark Avenue Foundation

Bark Avenue Foundation (BAF) has a 10-year history of serving animals in Los Angeles and throughout Southern CA. BAF is known for both tried-and-true and innovative solutions that help reduce pet overpopulation, promote adoption, and keep people’s ‘best friends’ in their homes. BAF has partnered with organizations such as ASPCA, Subaru, rescues, and shelter systems, offering successful programs for rescue and shelter support, unique adoption events, microchip marathons, free spay/neuter, and safety net services for at-risk pet owners.

Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation

The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation is an independent, charitable foundation that supports homeless, abandoned, and neglected animals sheltered by the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control. Through the leadership of a volunteer Board of Directors, money raised by the Foundation is used in many ways to enhance care and increase adoption of homeless animals.

Downey Animal Care Center

The Downey Animal Care Center is one of six operated by the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control. Downey serves a population of more than 840,000 people residing in the cities of Bell, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, Monterey Park, Compton, Lynwood, Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Whittier, Alhambra and the surrounding unincorporated areas of the County of Los Angeles. More than 25,000 animals are housed at the Downey Animal Care Center each year.

ABC7

ABC7 is proud to be the exclusive, English Media Sponsor of “Sleepover at the Shelter.” ABC7 prides itself on its 100% success rate of its “Pet of the Week” segments and is committed to helping homeless pets in the Los Angeles area find homes of their own. ABC7 is also committed to educating its viewers on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets, believing education is a key element in keeping more pets out of the shelters.

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