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Oswego County Humane Society To Hold Valentine’s Day Adoption Event As PetSmart Adoption Partner

Oswego PetSmart store manager, Joey Rivera, and Humane Society PetSmart adoption coordinator, Jo Piersma, at the donation bins set up by the store.

Oswego PetSmart store manager, Joey Rivera, and Humane Society PetSmart adoption coordinator, Jo Piersma, at the donation bins set up by the store.

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Humane Society has been selected as a PetSmart Adoption Partner by PetSmart and PetSmart Charities and will hold its first PetSmart Adoption Event on Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14 and 15 at the new PetSmart store in Lowe’s Plaza in Oswego.

Oswego PetSmart store manager, Joey Rivera, and Humane Society PetSmart adoption coordinator, Jo Piersma, at the donation bins set up by the store.
Oswego PetSmart store manager, Joey Rivera, and Humane Society PetSmart adoption coordinator, Jo Piersma, at the donation bins set up by the store.

“This is PetSmart’s first national adoption drive for 2015, and we are proud and excited to be a part of this effort,” said Diane Broadwell, chair of Animal Services for the Humane Society. “It gives our foster animals needing homes wonderful exposure in the media and a great space for people to come and meet them.”

For this first adoption event, the foster animals appearing at the adoption day will be teenaged or older cats in all shapes, varieties and colors.

They will be at the store in different shifts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days of the weekend.

People interested in possibly taking a new friend home that day should bring a veterinarian’s reference, written permission from their landlord if they are renters, and a sturdy carrier to bring the cat home.

Adopters without all the required documents can also pick up their adopted cat after the adoption day when the application is complete.

The adoption fee for most of these cats is $50.

They are all spayed or neutered and are up to date on vaccinations and vet care.

In addition to the adoption event, for the rest of February, the Oswego PetSmart store is collecting donations of food and toys for the animals in the Humane Society’s care.

Customers can purchase items in the store and place them in the collection bins in the front.

Dry cat food is the most needed item but everything helps.

Jo Piersma, coordinator of the PetSmart adoption program for the Humane Society, hopes that linking Valentine’s Day to pet adoptions will result in new homes for many of the cats in OCHS foster care.

“Our grown up cats are as quirky, interesting, and affectionate as people who love animals generally are, so what better weekend to say, ‘Be Mine,’ and bring one to his or her forever home?” she said.