By John Welsh
Riverside County Animal Services
Riverside County Animal Services honors Homeless Animal Month on Saturday, Aug. 21, with a special event at the new shelter.
The event runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter, 6851 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside. A sister event runs at the Department's desert shelter, the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms.
The biggest aim of the events is to promote the hundreds of animals at the shelter in need of loving homes.
The event includes vendors, information about why it's critical to spay or neuter dogs and cats, microchipping the family pet and volunteering.
Also, during the month of August, YMCA-Riverside is partnering up with Animal Services. All new YMCA-Riverside members will be given a $40 "adoption voucher" to offset the cost of adopting a shelter pet.
The Department of Animal Services remains committed to saving as many animals' lives as possible. A super special adoption rate of $20 for dogs and $15 for cats remains in effect for any pet that has been at the shelter more than seven days. This adoption rate includes a spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping.
In conjunction with the event the shelter is holding a poster contest which is open to artists of all ages. One winner selected from each shelter and judging will be done by ASK and KASE Foundation presidents. Download instructions and entry form here: Homeless_Awareness_Month.pdf.