100 Degrees = Pets for 100 Pennies at Desert Shelter
WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 – Starting today, the county is offering its first-ever “100-for-100” Hot Summer Special at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus.
The 100-for-100 special is active anytime the Coachella Valley registers a 100-degree temperature. When it is 100 degrees or higher, the Coachella Valley Animal Campus dogs and cats will be adopted for 100 pennies.
That’s right! A homeless pet can be adopted from the county’s desert shelter in Thousand Palms for just $1 on any triple-digit day. The special is only for the next 30 days. The 100-Degrees-for-100-Pennies special official closes on Saturday, July 5.
There are two reasons why the county is offering the 100-for-100 special. No. 1: The Coachella Valley Animal Campus usually sees fewer adoptions during the blistering summer days. And No. 2: Many current shelter residents remain “pardoned” through an agreement reached with Georgia-based homeless shelter advocate Shane Smith and his wife, Janet.
As some of you already know, the couple visited the Coachella Valley Animal Campus and helped network dozens of county shelter pets – and got dozens of these pets adopted or transported to rescue group organizations – during the Shane’s War “Pardon Week” that ran during the final week in May.
All told, more than 100 pets were transported or adopted during Shane’s War – a big boost in lives-saved statistics compared to an average week at the desert-based county shelter. But many more pardoned pets remain and are still waiting for their forever home, Riverside County Animal Services Director Robert Miller said.
“We made a commitment to Shane and Janet that we would pardon the animals at our shelter from humane euthanasia during the week-long unique partnership,” Miller said. “But that special pardon continued after Shane and Janet headed back to Georgia. Now we need our local community members’ help to continue this life-saving campaign.”
The $1 adoption special will include the pet’s spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and vaccinations. A $16 dog license may apply if the adopter lives within Riverside County’s coverage area. The Coachella Valley Anima Campus is located at 72-050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms, 92776.