We’ve all heard about Black Friday—after families are finished stuffing their faces from Thanksgiving feasts, they then go out into the night to gain the best sales on items for Christmas. We’ve even heard to the explosion of Cyber Monday in which people can do online shopping for relatively cheap prices, and since the internet has become an even more popular, norm, there is often an anticipated slowness of the internet on this day because everyone is trying to catch a deal. But Black Saturday is spoken of less, and Riverside County has quite the sale—that sale is on pets, of course.
Pets who would often cost an adoption fee are now in a position to be chosen by a loving family at no cost at all as a part of Black Saturday. Three animal shelters tied to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services will open up the possibilities of owning a pet at no cost. The intention is to allow pets to feel the warmth of a loving home during the holiday season and for a lifetime.
The theme for this year’s sale is “Adopt ‘Til You Drop” which can sound a bit unsettling. Placing living being in the consumer market (whether free or not) can appear a bit amoral; however, numerous successes have been seen throughout each year of the sale. Clearly, many people want to care for pets but may not have the initial adoption funds. The only main cost adopters must consider is the $17 dog license, if that is the pet they choose to own. This is the type of sale that could really change the living conditions of pets around the world if they picked up on some tips from Riverside County animal shelters.
This sale is opens up many possibilities for families and pets. During the holiday season, pets don’t necessarily have to remain in cages in hopes that someone can afford to take care of them. Additionally, there are many families that could use the cheer of a pet in their homes. Instead of focusing so much energy and funds on expensive video games, clothes, or computers, families can make a long term investment in a pet without paying money upfront. This is a friendlier view of placing animals in the same “for sale” box as inanimate objects.
One this is for sure: Riverside County is making amazing moves as it regards providing cost conservative options to consumers. Currently there are three animal shelters that are participating in this sale. The animal shelters are open between 11am and 5pm and the different locations include Coachella Valley Campus, San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, and Western Riverside County Animal Shelter. In addition to adoption fees being waved, vaccination and neutering fees are also waved. What a convenient opportunity for families seeking to add an addition to their families. Hopefully the homes these pets find themselves in are as loving as the initial effort to take the pets into one’s home.