Media Release

Maddie’s Pet Rescue to Hold Adopt-a-thon in March

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 12:00 AM
10:55 a.m.
ALACHUA COUNTY - The goal of Maddie's Pet Rescue Project of Alachua County is to find permanent, loving homes for about 300 animals each month and ultimately end the euthanasia of animals within the County. Working towards this goal, the partners of the project announce their annual Spring Adopt-a-thon "Lucky Pets" on March 24th and 25th, 2007, offering a great opportunity for Alachua County residents to find a perfect pet for their family.
On the South Lawn of the Oaks Mall, just behind Macy's, the partners of Maddie's Pet Rescue of Alachua County will have their adoptable cats and dogs ready to meet all visitors.  Whether looking for a pet to play catch and take daily jogs with, one with the patience to let your child dress up or hug on, or just a loving companion to come home to each day, there is a cat or dog with a unique personality waiting to go home with a loving person or family.  Large, small, furry, shaggy, short-haired or ranch-loving, there will be pets at the Adopt-a-thon ideal for any lifestyle and family.
Maddie's Pet Rescue project of Alachua County is a community-collaboration between the Alachua County Animal Services, Alachua County Humane Society, Gainesville Pet Rescue, Inc., Haile's Angel Pet Rescue, Helping Hands Pet Rescue and Puppy Hill Farm Pet Rescue.  The program's goal is to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats in Alachua County by June 30, 2011.  In the first five years of Maddie's Pet Rescue Project, the partners were able to significantly increase adoptions and drastically decrease the number of pets euthanized; adoptions have gone up from 692 pets to 2,708 and the total euthanasia of pets has gone down from more than 8,000 pets to just over 4,000 pets annually.  To keep the Partners' promise to the animals of Alachua County, the help of citizens with loving homes is greatly needed.
Lucky Pets offers fun for the whole family, it will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25th.
To continue to save lives, the Maddie's Pet Rescue partners greatly need your help.  By donating any money you are able to give, animals will be saved.  Donations will be accepted at the Adopt-a-thon as well as at any of the participating agency locations.
For more information about the Lucky Pets Adopt-a-thon, Maddie's Pet Rescue of Alachua County or the participating pet rescue agencies, contact Chase Wiley at the Alachua County Humane Society, (352) 373-5855, ext. 15. or visit


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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