This Saturday was a day carrying continuous sudden thunderstorms in cities around West Palm Beach. An early tweet from WPTV Channel 5 alerted of a waterspout off the coast near Delray in what it was expected to be a rainy weekend. But instead, it turned out to look gorgeous here in West Palm Beach, and while it could have been a delightful day to spend it at the beach, many decided to stop by the Palm Beach County Convention Center and be part of the 2nd Countdown 2 Zero Animal Adoption Event.
This annual event was started last year at the same location as part of the public-private community collaboration initiated by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, the Board of County Commissioners, and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in a commitment to end the euthanasia of adoptable animals in Palm Beach County.
Different animal welfare organizations and rescues from around the county were present at the event where exactly 228 animals were adopted by 6 pm and still with many more pledges to adopt in the following days. And more significant than most were the hundreds of volunteers who made this event possible, making a difference in the community, spreading a message of responsible pet ownership and animal protection.
People will find in Palm Beach County Shelters all shapes and sizes of lovable mutts, purebreds, cats, puppies and kittens, adolescents and seniors, you name it. Your chances of finding a wonderful companion who matches your lifestyle, family, and home are excellent. Events of these sort can display the true grit and hard work of those people involved in saving the lives of many wonderful adoptable animals that are not “second-hand” pets in no way at all, but animals who seem to sense what they were up against and become among the most devoted and grateful companions ever.
“You can’t buy love, but you can adopt it from an animal shelter” said Jessica Baker, a nurse by profession and mom of two adopted dogs (and English Foxhound and a Beagle), who encouraged a friend to make her first adoption at the event today.
While talking to Dr. Michelle Durkee with West Palm Animal Clinic, the on site event Vet, she mentioned how she appreciates when the community joins these events because they take steps in saving the lives of many dogs that are euthanized in shelters each year, dogs that at the end make incredible transformations when they are adopted into loving homes.
Animals make us better. Animals make us better human beings. Most rescue dogs are relinquished for reasons that have nothing to do with behavioral problems, and they are generally quite loving and gentle. The Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event, the largest one day adoption event held in Palm Beach County for the second year in a row, welcomed thousands who cruised the venue’s wide halls to adopt dogs (and cats too) securing for them a new home. Countdown 2 Zero saves pets’ lives and we only expect it will continue for years to come.
Highlights of the Countdown 2 Zero Adoption event
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Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
3200 N Military Trl, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Animal Care & Control
7100 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
West Palm Animal Clinic
254 N Military Trl, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Animal Rescue Force of South Florida
5115 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Review of the 2nd Annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event. Why Adopting a Pet is Important? Countdown 2 Zero Saves Pets’ Lives. Help Adopting Dogs and Cats.