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Share’s Birthday Wish: Find Homes for 15,000 Pets, an online database of adoptable pets, is celebrating its 15th anniversary by hosting an adoption event across North America this weekend.

by The SmallAnimalChannel News Division
Posted: July 13, 2011, 8:35 p.m. EDT

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Dolly the guinea pig/© Courtesy O.M. Teel
Small animal pets like guinea pigs and many other pets without a home can benefit from the adoption event being held this weekend by

The goal of’s Big Birthday Adoption Event, scheduled for Friday, July 15, 2011, to Sunday, July 17, 2011, is to find homes for 15,000 pets. So far, nearly 1,500 shelter and rescue groups from the United States and Canada have agreed to participate by holding an adoption event at their facility or by teaming up with other adoption organizations in their community.

“ is the only animal welfare organization with a network this large, so we decided it was time to bring everyone together at one time to hold adoption events from state to state, coast to coast,” said co-founder Betsy Banks Saul.

Prospective adoptive parents should visit the website  to view a list of participating shelters and rescue groups. encourages animal lovers who are not able to adopt at this time to donate money, supplies or their time to their local animal shelter or recue group. Foundation, which provides funding and support to animal welfare organizations, is also accepting donations.

“I am beyond thrilled to watch the weekend adoptions unfold,” said Banks Saul. “We could not be more thrilled to be celebrating our birthday in such a monumental way.”

Since its launch in 1996, reports that it has facilitated 17 million adoptions.

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