LEWISTON – The pets available for the adoption at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society challenge you to “Come. Stay. Adopt.” during a 24-hour super adopt-a-thon. The kick-off event celebrates the shelter’s competition in the ASPCA $100K Challenge.

The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society is one of 50 shelters across the country competing in the ASPCA’s $100k Challenge event. This nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) is aimed at getting more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. Taking place from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31, they will compete to find homes for more cats and dogs than during that same three-month period in 2010.

Maine’s first 24-hour adoption event has the lofty goal of adopting out 100 animals in a 24-hour period. The event will take place at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, 55 Strawberry Ave., beginning Friday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. and wrapping up the following evening at 6 p.m.

Adopters can expect to choose from dozens of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens of every breed, size and color. All animals will be spayed or neutered and will be up-to-date on vaccinations.

During that 24-hour period, they will offer a number of special promotions, starting with a “Tail”gate Party at 5 p.m., prior to the doors opening and Puppypalooza! at 6 p.m.

While normal adoption fees are as follows: $90 for an adult dog (six months or older); $250 for puppies (under six months in age); $50 for an adult cat (six months to five years – fees are waived on all cats over five years in age); $95 for kittens (under six months in age), there will be hourly promotions throughout the event, such as a “Black-out Special” at midnight. Adopt any adult cat or dog that is at least 50 percent black and the shelter will waive 75 percent of the adoption fee. And, between the hours of 2 and 4 a.m. is the “Insomniac Special” courtesy of Agren Appliance and Television. The first five adopters will get a free television. Visit later in the day and all “certified pre-owned adult cats” are zero percent down between 1 and 3 p.m.

The day will hold just as many surprises for visitors, not just potential adopters, from children’s activities and an ice cream social for pets and their humans, to getting all those pet-related questions answered at “Ask the Trainer”/”Ask the Groomer”/”Ask the Pet Food Nutritionist”/”Ask the Vet.” Other shelters and rescues from around the state will also have pets available for adoption.

The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society provides a safe haven for more than 5,500 sick, homeless and abused animals in the greater Androscoggin area per year. The primary support for the shelter comes from fundraising events and donations of concerned citizens.

For more information on the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, about the super adoption event or how to be involved in the Challenge to Save More Lives, contact the shelter at 783-2311 or by email at [email protected] A complete schedule of events can be found at Saving PetsInMaine.org and the shelter can be followed on Facebook at www.facebook/gahumane.

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