The 6th Annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event presented by The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc. will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019!

Palm Beach County, FL- (July 23, 2019) The sixth annual Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) Adoption Event presented by The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc. is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm at the South Florida Fairgrounds - Expo Center East, in West Palm Beach (9067 Southern Blvd). This free event is the county’s largest annual pet adoption event and will feature hundreds of animals (dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits and more) from Palm Beach County seeking new families and homes. 

Organized by Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, the Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event is a collaborative effort of over 20 local rescue and partner groups dedicated to saving the lives of Palm Beach County animals. The past five C2Z adoption events found over 1,300 animals their forever homes.

Both admission and parking are free for the Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event. Many of the rescue groups will be offering special discounts and adoption incentives, and all new pet parents will receive swag bags filled with special gifts, including rabies tags compliments of Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, for each adopted pet that will reside within Palm Beach County. There will also be demonstrations and a children activity area.

“The Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event is the largest pet adoption event in Palm Beach County, and we are excited to announce that The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation is returning as a sixth year presenting sponsor! Mrs. Pope’s dedication and love of helping homeless animals find forever homes is astounding,” states Rich Anderson, Executive Director/CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

Mr. Anderson continues, “This lifesaving event is also proudly supported by the Petco Foundation and BOBS from Skechers. C2Z is a true collaboration to achieve that goal of saving lives in our community. It’s exactly what Countdown 2 Zero is all about; adopting from a local shelter when looking for a new pet."

To become a sponsor or for additional information about the sixth annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event, please call 561-530-6057 or email info@countdown2zero.org.

Countdown 2 Zero is a public/private community collaboration, initiated by Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, to bring local animal welfare organizations together and end the euthanasia of adoptable animals in Palm Beach County. To learn more, please visit countdown2zero.org

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About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League:

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League saves more lives than any other rescue organization in Palm Beach County and provides critical services to more than 30,000 animals each year.

The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals. Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity navigator, and is the first animal shelter in South Florida to become AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited. The League is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925. For more information, please visit PeggyAdams.org.

About Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control:

The mission of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is to encourage pet owners to be responsible for pets in their care by providing educational programs on humane treatment, animal behavior training, and proper control.  In addition to appropriately enforcing county, state, and federal animal laws, Animal Care and Control provides safe shelter and veterinary care for lost, abandoned and unwanted animals; returns to owners or adopt to new homes, as many impounded animals as possible; encourages spay/neuter by providing reduced-cost surgery for Palm Beach County pet owners and conducts other effective programs, which protect the health, safety, and welfare of animals and the residents of Palm Beach County.  For more information, please visit pbcgov.com/animal.

About Skechers U.S.A., Inc.

Based in Manhattan Beach, California, Skechers (NYSE:SKX) designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. Skechers footwear is available in the United States and over 170 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 3,060 Skechers Company-owned and third-party-owned retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce websites. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, Israel and Mexico, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, India, and throughout Europe and Latin America. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.


Media Contact:

Cara MacVane, 561.685.2342, CKMacVane@gmail.com


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Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Provides Important Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool During Summer

As the summer heats up, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has a few reminders and tips to help protect your furry friends during the dog days of summer. 

It is important to remember that if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pets. Dogs are vulnerable to injuries and illnesses related to hot weather including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sunburn, and foot pad burns. The most dangerous condition is heat stroke, which can cause organ failure, seizures, brain damage, hemorrhages, blindness, convulsions and even death.

  • Never leave your pet in a parked car. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states… including Florida! The temperature inside of a car can reach oven-like temperatures in just minutes, often in excess of 140 degrees. That quick errand can turn into a disaster and could be fatal for your pet.

    • Since 2016, Florida law states it is legal to break into a parked car to save a pet but be sure to follow some important steps. First, you need to make sure that all the doors are locked. If they are, call 911 to alert the police of the situation. Use only as much force as necessary to get into the vehicle. Finally, remain with the animal and the vehicle within a safe proximity until law enforcement arrive.

  • When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog remain on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement. Being so close to the ground can heat their body rapidly and can lead to burns on their sensitive paw pads. Keep walks to a minimum.

  • Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut can help prevent overheating, but never shave to the skin, the dog needs one inch of protection to avoid getting sunburned.

  • Always provide access to fresh water. Make certain an outside dog has access to shade and plenty of cool water.

  • Restrict exercise when temperatures soar, and do not muzzle the dog because it obstructs their ability to pant.

  • Many dogs enjoy a swim, splashing in a wading pool, or a run through a sprinkler in warmer weather, which can help bring body temperatures down.

  • If you suspect your dog is suffering from heat stroke, fast action might save their life. Remove the dog from the hot area immediately and wet your pet with cool to room temperature water and increase air movement around him/her with a fan. Do not use ice or very cold water: it can be counterproductive since cooling too quickly can trigger other life-threatening conditions. Allow free access to water, but don’t force the animal to drink they may inhale it or choke.

If you believe your pet is experiencing heat stroke, bring your pet immediately to your veterinarian or an emergency clinic! If you see a dog locked in a parked car, call 911.

About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League:

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League saves more lives than any other rescue organization in Palm Beach County and provides critical services to more than 30,000 animals each year.

The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals. Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity navigator, and is the first animal shelter in South Florida to become AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited.

The League is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925.

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is located at 3200 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach, FL.

Peggy Adams’ Wellness Clinic is open for wellness exams, vaccinations, microchipping, flea and heartworm preventatives Monday from 1:30pm-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and closed on Sundays. (The clinic staff breaks for lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm.)

To learn more about Peggy Adams visit PeggyAdams.org or call 561.686.3663. 

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