Free event brings gold medal-worthy adoptable pets to Folsom – Sacramento Pet Rescue –

While the Olympics are drawing crowds to England, organizations all over the Sacramento region are bringing their best and brightest to Folsom. Each of these local stars all deserve the gold, but are more likely to chase balls or feathers than world records.

“Stray-Z-Days of Summer”, a multi-shelter pet adoption event being held in honor of International Homeless Animal Day, takes place on Saturday August 18 at the Folsom City Lions Park.

Dogs and cats, puppies and kittens will join rabbits, reptiles, rats and other pets seeking their forever homes at the event.

Participating rescue groups include Animal Outreach of the Motherlode, Sacramento SPCA, City of Folsom and Sacramento City and County animal shelters, the Grace Foundation and the Northern California Herpetological Society.

In addition to meeting adoptable pets, guests to the free event can shop for supplies and gifts for their favorite animals and people. Raffle drawings for high-quality items will be held at noon and 2 p.m.; raffle tickets are available for $1 each or seven for $5.

Cindy Walden of the City of Folsom shelter is organizing the event; Walden says the idea is “to find permanent, loving homes for pets, regardless of which shelter they are adopted from”. Walden adds that it is “a great opportunity for the public to learn about Animal Outreach and the 100k Challenge”.

Nonprofit Animal Outreach is one of only 50 shelters across the country to qualify for the 2012 ASPCA and Rachael Ray $100K Shelter Challenge, running from this month through the end of October.

The group is small and relatively unknown as compared to the Marin Humane Society, the closest competitor by distance to Animal Outreach and one of only two other Northern California shelters involved.

More here: Free event brings gold medal-worthy adoptable pets to Folsom – Sacramento Pet Rescue |