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Find a pet at annual Adopt-a-Thon

East Bay SPCA hosting fun family event for animal lovers

Scores of people turned out last year to Jack London Square in Oakland for the East Bay SPCA's annual Adopt-a-Thon. This year's event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 28. (Photo courtesy of East Bay SPCA)

Cats and dogs and everything they need will be at Jack London Square in Oakland next weekend as the East Bay SPCA hosts its annual Adopt-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Sunday (July 28).

About 30 animal shelters and rescue groups will be at the event, featuring hundreds of adoptable animals, including dogs, cats, rats and birds. The event is also held to raise awareness of the thousands of homeless animals in the Bay Area.

"Adopting helps save the life of a pet and also creates new space in a shelter or rescue to house and save more lives," East Bay SPCA president Allison Lindquist noted.

Vendors will be on hand to sell pet fashion accessories, photos and walking and pet-sitting services. There will also be vouchers for discounted microchips, a photo booth, family-friendly activities from Sports Basement, giveaways from the Oakland A's and a button-making station.

East Bay SPCA reported recently that kitten season is here with a vengeance.

"As of today, we have over 140 cats and kittens currently in foster homes," said Joseph Romero, foster and medical support manager at the East Bay SPCA, "and 50 more in-house awaiting fosters."

Cats can have up to five litters a year, and each litter can have up to six kittens, who can start breeding at age 6 months.

The organization receives kittens from the general public and from other shelters that do not have foster programs able to handle the influx of so many kittens at once. SPCA has a goal to save 100% of its cats and kittens and is always looking for foster families.

The East Bay SPCA is running a temporary, offsite quarantine facility for dogs affected by the canine influenza virus and is in urgent need of funds, clean blankets and sheets. Items can be dropped off at the Dublin Adoption Center, 4651 Gleason Drive.

To learn more, go to www.eastbayspca.org, call 510-569-0702 -- or go to the Adopt-a-Thon next weekend.

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