Animal lovers, have we got good news for you. This weekend and the weeks ahead are full of fun opportunities to help charities focused on everything from pet adoption to farm-animal welfare, events where you can meet your next furry family member and a whole lot more. If you think we're forgetting something, let us know by leaving a comment or sending us a tweet @LATunleashed.
Through Saturday, Sept. 25, Petfinder.com works to raise awareness about homeless animals that often fall through the cracks at animal shelters with its Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week. (Examples of hard-to-place pets include senior pets, FIV+ cats, "bully breed" dogs and black dogs that are the victims of so-called "black dog bias.") "It breaks my heart to think that some pets are homeless for years when they are just as wonderful as the younger, fluffier puppy next to them. These overlooked pets often make great additions to a family -- but many people don't even realize they are discriminating when they begin looking to adopt," Petfinder co-founder Betsy Banks Saul says. "The goal of this initiative is to bring the issue to the forefront and help find forever homes for these special animals." That's a goal we can get behind!
Saturday, Sept. 25, animal lovers can support Farm Sanctuary by participating in Walk for Farm Animals, a fundraising event that begins at Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, at 8:30 a.m. The Santa Monica event is one of over 70 similar events around the country to raise awareness about farm animal welfare and Farm Sanctuary's work. Though there are several Walk for Farm Animals events in Southern California over the next few weeks, the Santa Monica walk is extra-special because Farm Sanctuary co-founder and president Gene Baur will be in attendance. Registration on the day of the event for $20. More information at WalkForFarmAnimals.org.