Animal Resources and Care’s May the Fourth Adoption Event

Press release from Alachua County

In celebration of Star Wars Day 2022, Alachua County Animal Resources and Care (AR&C) is hosting a “May the Fourth” adoption event. AR&C is lowering adoption fees to just four dollars next week (May 3 through May 7, 2022). The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character, make crafts, eat snacks, and take home your chosen one.

In an animal shelter very, very close by, a “chosen one” will bring balance to the light. For good to triumph and balance to be restored, AR&C needs the community’s help. The shelter took in more animals than it could find homes for last year. To prevent the unwarranted euthanasia of healthy, adoptable shelter pets, staff have been working extra hard to find homes for all of them. Good progress was being made until the March intakes and lack of adoptions broke that winning streak. With puppies and kittens already starting to come in, the shelter needs to place upwards of 100 animals in loving homes to restore the balance (aka capacity for care).

“We appreciate our employees’ continued dedication to the lost, homeless, abused, and abandoned animals of our community,” said AR&C Director Ed Williams. “Try as they might, an open admission, municipal shelter is no substitute for a forever home. And room must be made for the many new intakes arriving daily. Come on out and show us your love, Gainesville. May the 4th be with you.”

Pet adopters must be 18 years or older and show identification with proof of current address. If there are already pets in the home, potential adopters must show proof that owned animals are current on rabies and county licenses. All adoptable cats and dogs are vaccinated, microchipped, and sterilized before going home.

Visit the Alachua County Animal Resources and Care website to find out more about adopting an animal or volunteering at the shelter.