375 Animals Found Forever Homes “Virtual Style” During the 7th Annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event

Media Contact: Cara MacVane: 561.685.2342 / Email

Palm Beach County, FL- (October 15, 2020) Each year, dozens of local animal rescue groups join together for the Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) Adoption Event - Palm Beach County’s largest one-day adoption event- in an effort to save the lives of hundreds of animals. Due to COVID-19, the 7th Annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event was held as a virtual event and took place for one-week, instead of one-day.

Organized by Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, the 7th Annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event found homes for 375 animals during the one-week adoption event (September 26-October 3, 2020).

“The 2020 C2Z had a different feel - however, the mission was still the same - saving the lives of animals in Palm Beach County,” said Rich Anderson, Executive Director/CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. “All of the rescues involved were committed to making sure that those in our community still had the opportunity to participate in the largest pet adoption event in Palm Beach County… and in light of our current circumstances we enjoyed the opportunity to create a fun, virtual event that resulted in 375 animals finding their forever homes!”

The C2Z “Virtual Adoption Village” website allowed attendees to connect with participating partner groups and sponsors from wherever they were! The Live Video Chat rooms enabled people to ask rescue groups participating in C2Z questions and could schedule an adoption appointment prior to making the drive to a shelter location.

The seven C2Z adoption events have now found over 1,800 animals their forever homes.

Rescue organizations that participated in the 7th Annual C2Z Adoption Event included:  Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League; Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control; Adopt A Cat Foundation; Ali Cat Rescue; Animal Rescue Force; Barky Pines Animal Rescue; Big Dog Ranch Rescue; Blessed Paws Animal Rescue; Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida; Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic and Ranch; Save A Pet Florida; and Tri-County Animal Rescue.

Sponsors included: 1-800-PetMeds; Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions; Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA; Sunny 107.9 FM; 850 WFTL; Paws & Cherish; Flagler Bank; Velocity Community Credit Union; WPBF 25 News

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 or email info@countdown2zero.org


About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League:

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. Peggy Adams is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925. For more information, please visit PeggyAdams.org

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League saves more lives than any other rescue organization in Palm Beach County and provides critical services to more than 35,000 animals each year.

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.




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