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This Memorial Day weekend, consider adopting a pet to celebrate the memory of one you had in the past. Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are helping qualified adopters bring a pet into their home by waiving adoption fees on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

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In addition to waiving all adoption fees, AAWL is the only shelter in the Valley of the Sun to offer a "Best Buddy" worry-free adoption guarantee. All animals are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and are up-to-date on all vaccinations. In addition, each adopter will receive free pet insurance for 30 days and free medical/behavioral helplines for the first 30 days after adoption. As part of the Best Buddy worry-free program, if a medical issue is identified, AAWL's low-cost clinic will work with the adopter and the pet to solve the problem. If it is a behavior issue, the behavior experts at AAWL give advice, or they may recommend one of the many training classes offered by the organization. After the first 30 days, affordable veterinary services help adopters for the lifetime of the pet. And, if necessary, AAWL & SPCA will take the adopted pet back at any time during its life.

Who: Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA)

When: May 31 - June 1 (See locations below for exact times)

Where: Two locations are participating in this event

  • Sonia Breslow Adoption Center at the Arizona Animal Welfare League
    25 N. 40th St., Phoenix (just north of Washington Street)
    Sat., May 31 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Sun., June 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
  • AAWL PetMatch Adoption Center, Chandler Fashion Mall
    3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler (second floor near Dillard's)
    Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m
    Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

By adopting an animal during this event, you are truly saving two lives - the life of the animal you adopted and the life of another animal who needs to be rescued and can then take that animal's place.

This special event is financed by Maddie's Fund, which supports a no-kill alternative to pet overpopulation. Organizers of the nationwide event expect to find homes for a record-breaking number of animals in two days. The fund will award money to participating shelters for each pet adopted during the event. AAWL & SPCA will use the money to care for more animals that it rescues, including providing any veterinary care needed by treatable animals and to foster the large number of homeless kittens born during this time of year.

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