Pasadena Humane Society Free Adoption Day Attracts Crowds

A volunteer plays with Bear, a Bernese Mountain  DogAllison and Ian brought son Aidan to look for a German  ShepherdAndrew Bojorquez  and his family will be first-time dog  ownersCarolann Heinis, supervisor of behavioral dept. with Yumi, 5 year old boxer mix in socialization area.David and Rachel liked this pit bullDocent Glenn Alfonso socializes little George, who is a  bit shyEllwood Harvey and Judy Gooler brought in their dog Piglet  to meet the pooch they hope to add to the familyJoanne and Nik considered adopting RibbonNia came in to pick out a bunnyRyan and mom Alexa were looking for a small,  young adult  dogSteve McNall poses next to a feline friendVolunteer Mike Outhouse and Taylor Fischer from PizzaRev  make sure Jack, a Pharoah Hound and Malinois mix, gets enough water


6:11 pm | June 30, 2015

“We want the shelter cleaned out today,” Steve McNall, president and CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society said on Tuesday at the PHS Free Adoption Day. Shelters expect an influx of animals around Independence Day, when fireworks frighten pets into running off, so PHS offered to fund spaying or neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and adoption fees to the public. With about 150 dogs and 100 cats, an iguana, snake, and several rabbits and hamsters, there were plenty of pets for folks to choose.

These animals all comply with the new Pasadena ordinance that goes into effect on July 1, requiring that all dog and cat owners spay or neuter their pets that are more than six months of age.

One family came prepared to take home their pooch. Allison, Ian, and son Aidan had looked at photos on the PHS website, written down the ID numbers of their top three picks, and filled out the application paperwork. “We have a dog bed at home and I have a leash in my purse,” Allison said. Before final approval, they will interview with an adoption counselor and meet the dog in a socialization area.

Judy Gooler also came prepared. She had been preapproved to adopt a canine companion for her son’s little dog Piglet, so she was there with Piglet and a second son to introduce the two dogs. Unfortunately, they were put on a wait list behind three potential adopters. “I wasn’t told the dog was on hold,” she said, but she was hoping for the hold to be released around noon.

Pets already in the home are considered when people want to adopt another animal, which is part of the counseling process. In response to a PHS flier posted on Facebook by a friend, Rachel and her boyfriend David decided to come in. They had their eye on a pit bull, but the counselor suggested a smaller dog would get along better with their cat. Yumi, a five-year-old boxer, would be best suited to a single-pet house, said Carolann Heinis, supervisor of the behavioral department.

When someone adopts a pet, they get a bonus from PizzaRev, an East Pasadena restaurant that is a strong supporter of PHS. The eatery encloses a free pizza coupon in the adoption packet, and provided lunch for the many volunteers who came on Tuesday to assist with Free Adoption Day. PizzaRev also sponsors fundraisers for the shelter, such as a “pay what you want” day that sent the proceeds to PHS.

We caught up with McNall in the Neely Cat Center, playing with one of the cats in a spacious room with beds and toys for several felines. He told us that cats are difficult to place; they are often the forgotten residents. Pit bulls and Chihuahuas are difficult as well, so PHS spays and neuters them for free to sweeten the deal. They also seek homes elsewhere.

“We shipped over 800 Chihuahuas to the East Coast and Canada last year,” McNall said. It seems there is a shortage of small dogs in the east, and they are more adoptable there. “It was all funded by donations.” He also said that as an open door shelter, PHS takes every animal that comes in, regardless of age, medical condition, breed, or any other criteria.

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