In light of the current crisis in animal shelters, King’s Harvest Pet Rescue, Davenport and Best Friends Animal Society have come together for an event created to encourage more people to adopt a pet on July 22-23.
“We hope to empty our shelter so that we can accommodate more animals. There are a ton of animals outside suffering from the heat,” Terri Gleize, director of King’s Harvest, said in a statement released Wednesday. “We also attract animals from the south where there is a high homeless population. We hope to save as many lives as possible.
Recent data released by Best Friends showed that in 2021, U.S. shelters saw an 8.1% increase in animal intakes that pet adoptions couldn’t keep up with.
As shelters continue to fill with adoptable animals this summer, often exceeding their capacity, Best Friends and its participating partners held the adoption event to respond to the emergency, with more than 530 shelters including King’s Harvest Pet Rescue (2504 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport), offering discounted rates.
“Following the huge success of our National Adoption Weekend in May, which saved 4,529 lives, we were looking forward to having a second National Adoption Weekend as soon as possible,” said Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society. “The summer months, and July in particular, are one of the highest admission months for animal shelters in America, so we really encourage anyone looking for a pet to adopt now.”
King’s Harvest Pet Rescue cites many benefits of adopting a pet, including:
A one-stop shop (adoption): Most pets you adopt from a shelter will be vaccinated, microchipped and neutered, saving you time and money if you don’t have to do it yourself, like when you buy a pet of company.
You gain a lifetime partner in your pet’s life: Animal shelters and humane organizations care about your new family member and will be there to support you throughout the animal’s life with helpful resources and information.
You save at least two lives: When you adopt, you save the life of the animal you adopt and open up a place in a shelter or sanctuary for a new animal that needs a forever home.
Currently, there are significantly more pets available for adoption than there are currently due to recent issues such as understaffing and increased admissions, King’s Harvest said.
That’s why King’s Harvest Pet Rescue is obligated to be part of National Adoption Weekend. For more information, visit kingsharvestpetrescue.org. Follow us on Facebook @King’s Harvest Pet Rescue for the latest up-to-date information.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adoption fees: cats and kittens $10, dogs and puppies $50. You can see the available animals on the King’s Harvest Facebook page. Adoption fees include Spay/Neuter, Microchip and Shots.
About Best Friends Network
The Best Friends Network is made up of thousands of public and private shelters, rescue groups, sterilization organizations and other animal welfare organizations in all 50 states. It is a coalition committed to saving the lives of homeless cats and dogs through collaboration, sharing information, and implementing proven rescue strategies.
Its partners support each other and inspire their own communities to increase the rescue of dogs and cats across the country.