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Animal Shelters to Hold Big Adoption Event

Sixteen Southern California animal shelters, including Baldwin Park and Downey, will join a nationwide effort this weekend called "mega match-a-thon."

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Thousands of furry creatures will be available for adoption this weekend with big discounts on adoption fees in 16 Southern California animal shelters, including those in and Downey, shelter authorities said Thursday.

The unprecedented participation of 16 shelters in the "Mega Match-a-Thon" is a result of a project organized by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Bark Avenue Foundation.

The event will be held March 30 to April 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

"With the help of ASPCA and our 16 shelter partners, the Mega Match-a-thon will be the biggest-ever adoption event in Southern California, with more than 5,000 beautiful, deserving dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and bunnies hoping to find new homes,” says Melanie Pozez, founder and executive director of Bark Avenue Foundation.

All the animals have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Free collars, leashes and ID tags will be provided.

"We are thrilled to partner with the ASPCA and Bark Avenue for this weekend’s Mega-Match-A-Thon Pet Adoption Event,” said Marcia Mayeda, director of the Los Angeles Animal Care and Control (LAACC). “Shelter pets make great companion animals so please consider stopping by one of our animal care centers this weekend.”  

Here is the list of the LAACC centers participating:

• AGOURA – 29525 Agoura Rd.                                                
– 4275 N. Elton St.                                      
• CASTAIC – 31044 N. Charlie Canyon Rd.
• CARSON – 216 W. Victoria St.                     
• DOWNEY – 11258 S. Garfield Ave.
• LANCASTER – 5210 W. Avenue I

To check locations in the city of Los Angeles, Irvine or Camarillo, visit www.barkavenuefoundation.org.

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