Media Release

Summer Lovin' Adoptathon

Thursday, July 12, 2012 7:15 PM
Kitten nestled in a bonnet

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – On Saturday July 14, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the University of Florida Shelter Medicine Program is holding its third annual “Summer Lovin’ Adoptathon” at Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS) located at 3400 NW 53rd Ave. Gainesville, FL. Many volunteers donate hundreds of work hours to provide veterinary care and to organize and promote the event. 

Each year this is the single most successful life-saving event held at the shelter.  Last year the Shelter Medicine students and ACAS staff were able to adopt out over 130 pets. UF Shelter Medicine students chose July as the month for their Adoptathon because in is the busiest month for pet intake. Statistically, to make room for new intakes, more than half the pets available at this event would be euthanized for various reasons

This year, due to a generous donation from The Wagmore Foundation, all animals will be available for only $5.  In addition, UF Shelter Medicine is partnering with Helping Hands Rescue to streamline the adoption process. Adopters will pay $5, fill out a short application, and they will receive a pet that has been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, registered, and licensed with the county.  Adopters will also receive a supply bag which includes a collar, leash, toys, first bag of food, and more. 

Kiss 105.3 will be providing entertainment, and there will be student volunteers running family fun booths, such as face painting and snow cones.  

Summer Lovin’ Adoptathon 2012 is dedicated to the late Persephone Athene, beloved member of ACAS staff, who will always be remembered for her dedication to saving and bettering the lives of the cats of Alachua County. 

For more information contact Stephanie Hon at 239-321-9132 or


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).