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ASPCA holds national adoption weekend beginning Friday

Virtual pet adoption during COVID-19 crisis.
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NEW YORK — The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has launched a national adoption event from Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7 to help more pets find their homes during the global pandemic.

Communities nationwide encouraged to #AdoptFromHome to help participating animal shelters and rescues find homes for pets in need.

The ASPCA will provide resources, training and support to participating animal shelters and rescue groups from all 50 states to encourage and enable the public to safely complete minimal exposure, contact-free adoptions from home.

The ASPCA National Adoption Weekend was created as a response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on shelter and rescue groups, many of which have suspended or reduced operations and have relied on the support of foster homes to temporarily house and care for animals that were in shelters.

With tens of thousands of animals across the country in foster care and available for adoption, animal welfare organizations are now finding solutions which include remote or socially distanced adoptions and online meet and greets to help these homeless pets find homes.

A potential adopter should visit ASPCA.org/AdoptFromHome to find a local animal shelter or rescue organization to search for available adoptable pets nearby.

VCA Animal Hospital will provide all adopters through this weekend initiative a free Healthy Start exam, and up to $250 to treat any minor illnesses at any of their veterinary clinics.

This offer will be available to all newly adopted pets and their families in the first 14 days of their adoption.

PetSmart and Petco are offering free adoption kits, which include a free bag of pet food and hundreds of dollars in coupons for toys, supplies and preventative medications.

They are also offering savings on grooming, training and boarding to anyone who adopts an animal during the ASPCA National Adoption Weekend.