On Jan. 16, Evans Chevrolet will belong to cats and dogs.
The Baldwinsville dealership will graciously open its showroom to Wanderers' Rest Humane Association (WHRA) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday to conduct a pet adopt-a-thon for homeless animals.
"Our plan is to bring adoptable [dogs and cats] and showcase them in Evans' indoor show room," said Stefanie Higgins, the community outreach coordinator for WRHA. "We would like to invite the community to come to the event to adopt a shelter dog or cat. Or just come for the fun."
According to Higgins, WRHA volunteer Barb Getman of Radisson approached Mark Evans, owner of Evans Chevy, about hosting the event. Being an animal lover, Evans gladly agreed.
Organized by WRHA, the event has several purposes, the main goal being to find shelter animals their forever homes.
"Many people do not care for going into animal shelters, so instead we bring the animals to them," Higgins said.
It also brings awareness to the plight of homeless animals. According to Higgins, millions of animals live in shelters and rescues across the country and "events like this educate people of the importance of adoption."
Lastly, it gives the animals a break from the shelter.
"Shelter life is rough for a lot of animals. Even though we tend to their needs as much as possible, there is nothing better for these guys than going for a car ride to a place where they get a lot of attention from the public," Higgins said. "And what would be even better than that is a cozy home they could call their own."
The event will feature animals and volunteers from Helping Hounds dog rescue of Manlius and Kitty Corner of Liverpool, in addition to information regarding proper care for pets and other humane education material.