More than fifty animal rescues converged on the Irvine Animal Care Center yesterday to celebrate the shelter’s 6th annual Super Pet Adoption Event. While the crowd poured in to greet the adoptable cats, dogs, and small animals, gourmet food vendors rolled into the parking lot with truckloads of sticky treats for humans and four-legged customers alike. Organic dog biscuits, rhinestone-studded harnesses, tiny dog tutus, and a variety of pet accessories from bow ties to bandanas dangled from rows of colorful tents. The shelter held a raffle, bake sale, and offered low-cost vaccines and microchips for dogs and cats. At the end of the day, more than 340 animals found new homes.
The Irvine event is one of the largest pet adoption venues in Orange County. In addition to welcoming animal rescues, the Center opens its doors to other shelters that are overflowing with unwanted pets. Homeless dogs and cats from as far away as Rancho Cucamonga, Long Beach, and San Diego had a chance to court adopters today. Many of these animals came from impacted, underfunded county shelters whose dilapidated buildings are stark and depressing compared to the upscale Irvine facility. Built in 1984, the Irvine shelter is almost a luxury resort in comparison to the county shelters, which are often relegated to low-income areas.