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SPCA holding county-wide matchmaking event Sept. 19



TRENTON — The SPCA of Hancock County will host its first-ever county-wide “pet matchmaking event” on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Blue Hill Co-op, Winter Harbor 5 & 10, Jerry’s Hardware (Bucksport), Cornerstone Gallery (Southwest Harbor) and Kebo Valley Golf Club (Bar Harbor).

The event will reimagine a traditional adoption event by transporting SPCA staff equipped with available cat and dog pictures and personality profiles to each location instead of animals.

“All organizations have had to adapt to COVID-19, and the new social norms inherent in COVID-19 prevention measures,” said Kaitlyn Mullen, the SPCA’s director of operations. “Here at the SPCA, we are redesigning our community outreach program so that as many of the SPCA’s services as possible are still accessible to as many Hancock County residents as possible.

“Bringing our staff directly into many communities on a single day should help raise awareness of animal welfare and animal welfare needs, while also adopting animals back into loving homes, where they belong.”

SPCA of Hancock County staff and volunteers will be on hand at each location, equipped with available pet pictures and personality profiles, adoption applications and information on microchipping and microchip registration, cat and dog nail trimming, low-income temporary assistance programs and dogs and Lyme disease.

As much as possible, adoption applications will be processed at each location throughout the event, so that approved adoption applicants will be able to schedule meet-and-greets and/or pick-up appointments for their new pets.

Community members are encouraged to stop by, ask SPCA staff animal care questions, inquire directly about adopting specific animals and learn about some of the animal welfare challenges and potential solutions to those challenges, during the COVID-19 era.

Those donating to the SPCA of Hancock County during the event will receive 5 percent off merchandise at the Blue Hill Co-op, Jerry’s Hardware, the Winter Harbor 5 & 10 and Cornerstone Gallery that day.

For more information, contact Mullen at 667-8088 or [email protected]

 

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