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16 Southern California animal shelters to hold big adoption event

West Valley animal shelter
Sixteen Southern California animal shelters will join a nationwide effort this weekend to help hundreds of animals find homes in what organizers are calling a "mega match-a-thon."

Cats, dogs, bunnies and other furry creatures will be available from Friday through Saturday at shelters from Lancaster to Irvine in a project organized by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Bark Avenue Foundation.

The organizations teamed up with the shelters to offer discounts on adoption fees. California spends about $300 million a year housing and killing unwanted companion animals, the groups say.

“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,” said Bark Avenue Foundation Director Melanie Pozezin in a statement.

Organizers say all animals have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Potential pet owners can visit participating shelters from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Friday through Sunday.


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Photo: A pair of shelter dogs are exercised by volunteers last December at the West Valley Animal Shelter, which is participating in a "mega" adoption event this weekend. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.

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