"I hope to find everyone of our animals a new home," Higgins said. "Also, as the volunteer coordinator, I hope to recruit more volunteers for Wanderers' Rest. We need volunteers to help -- from doing chores at the shelter, to walking dogs, to fostering animals in their homes."
While participants will not be able to take pets home directly from the event, they can fill out an adoption application for a particular animal and WRHA will hold the animal while the application is processed.
"The application must be approved and the adopters must have a good veterinarian check," Higgins said.
Located in Canastota, WRHA is an open admission animal shelter housing cats and dogs that works diligently to find the animals forever homes by showcasing them at the shelter and taking them out into the community. The facility can hold up to 55 cats and 35 dogs and features a kitten room and cat community room in which the cats are free roaming. According to Higgins, WRHA dogs and puppies receive a lot of attention from the staff and volunteers who walk them on the facility's nature trails and play games of frisbee in the doggy play yard. WRHA receives a small percentage of funding from Madison County, but is primarily funded through personal donations.
Dixie J is one of numerous animals that will be featured during Saturday's adopt-a-thon held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Evans Chevrolet in Baldwinsville. Stefanie Higgins of Canastota's Wanderers' Rest Humane Association helped organize the event.