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Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon is this weekend: Looking for a FREE pet?

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 6:57 am in Cats, dogs, Maddie's Fund, Pets.

Officer Ted (BEBHS photo)
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Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon is this weekend!

There will be thousands of FREE adoptable cats and dogs available to qualified adopters — from 47 different animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescue organizations at 72 different locations in Contra Costa and Alameda counties on Saturday and Sunday. For more details plus a list of participating organizations, adoption locations and times, plus info on some (not all!) of the available pets, visit

Below are just three of the pets you can adopt FREE this weekend from Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley; open Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.:

Officer Ted:
Abandoned by his mother and litter mates, this 5 week old kitten was living a lonely and uncertain existence inside a (non-running!) car engine in Berkeley. Officer Ted of the Berkeley Police Department was conducting routine police work, heard his mews, and discovered him living inside the engine, covered in grease. Luckily, aside for needing a meal and a very thorough scrubbing, the kitten was healthy. He was taken in by BEBHS, named after his kind rescuer, and sent to a foster home to finish growing up in a safe home environment.

Billy (BEBHS photo)
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Upon arrival at BEBHS, this 7-month old puppy’s growth had been stunted and he was severely emaciated. He couldn’t walk effectively because of little to no muscle mass and severely elastic ligaments from disuse. It was evident that Billy had been denied the minimal essential care that any dog needs at his age, and it was estimated that perhaps he had been confined to a crate for an inhumane amount of time during crucial growth periods. Although his outlook was dim, after carefully gaining weight with a strict feeding plan and some serious TLC in foster care, Billy made a miraculous and unexpected turnaround and regained his strength. He is now a goofy, happy guy who is more than ready to go home.

Albert (BEBHS photo)
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Albert’s family had to give him up after the economy forced them to relocate from their large home to a smaller place with a strict two-pet limit. At 10 years old, Albert had been adopted as a kitten and lived his entire life with the same family. His guardians were devastated to have to make this choice, but as the youngest cat of their three, he was the only one who the family felt could reasonably be placed up for adoption. Because he is a senior, Albert needed some medical work ups and a dental procedure before being made available for adoption, but he is now healthy and ready to settle down for good.

There are LOTS more free pets waiting to be adopted by qualified adopters on Saturday and Sunday. As I said above, you can find out more details on what Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon is all about, what to do and where to go at Have fun! /Gary

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