published Monday, April 30th, 2012

Adopt a pet at the Spring Fling Pet Adoptathon this weekend

Looking for someone to love?

You may find just what you need at the Spring Fling Pet Adoptathon this weekend at PetSmart on Gunbarrel Road.

According to event spokeswoman Laura Westbrook, more than 180 animals were adopted at a similar event last fall.

"Our goal this year is 250 pets," Westbrook said.

Hundreds of animals will be at the site each day of the three-day event, which runs Friday through Sunday.

In addition to the pets, there will be refreshments such as hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. And for every adoption, the new owner will be given a prize, Westbrook said.

Jeanine Cloyd, Humane Educational Society volunteer/community outreach manager, said there will be live radio broadcasts from the event and a pooch kissing contest.

The event is sponsored by the Humane Educational Society, McKamey Animal Center and other pet rescue organizations in the area, according to Westbrook.

"Adoption costs are $50 for a dog and $25 for a cat," she said. "All the animals will be spayed, neutered, (and they) have their rabies vaccination. The animals will be ready to go to their new adopted home right away."

The adoptathon will be noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

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about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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