A Bay Area organization is holding a regional adopt-a-thon this weekend to match up pets and people.
Maddie’s Fund, a nonprofit based in Pleasanton, hopes to connect 3,000 pets in local shelters with new homes. That number is 700 more pets than last year, and San Francisco is being added to the mix.
Additionally, each adoption will result in a grant for the shelter the animal belonged too. The age and health of the animal will determine the grant amount, but older dogs with health issues can fetch $2,000, Maddie’s spokeswoman Jenny Kunz said.
The two-day adopt-a-thon will take over Alabama Street near the San Francisco SPCA and Animal Care and Control, running from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
By giving homes to some 3,000 animals, organizers hope the event will allow shelters and other organizations to free up some space to take in more pets in need.
“The goal is by Monday to have these shelters be empty and are able to take on more animals,” Kunz said.
Jen Lu, a spokeswoman for the SPCA, said the more animals adopted, the more space to provide to other cats and dogs.
“It’s important to find homes for animals as quickly as possible,” Lu said, “but we also want to find the right homes for these animals too.”
Lu said San Francisco alone hopes to adopt out 650 animals.