Countdown 2 Zero Will Host Weeklong Virtual Animal Adoption Event

Each year, dozens of local animal rescue groups join together for the Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) Adoption Event — Palm Beach County’s largest one-day adoption event — in an effort to save the lives of hundreds of animals. Due to COVID-19, the seventh annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event will be held virtually.

Organized by the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, the Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event will have a Virtual Kick-Off Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 26. During this virtual event, live and pre-filmed videos will be posted on social media.

There will also be a “Virtual Vendor Village” web site between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., that allows attendees to connect with participating partner groups and sponsors from wherever they are. The live video chat rooms enables people to ask rescue groups participating in C2Z questions and can schedule an adoption appointment prior to making the drive to a shelter location. The seventh annual C2Z Adoption Event will take place from Sept. 26 through Oct. 3. The past six C2Z adoption events found more than 1,500 animals their forever homes.

Many of the partnering animal rescue organizations are and will be operating by appointment only. By visiting, you will be able to see the various rescue organizations, link to their web sites to view their adoptable lists and schedule an adoption appointment. Adoption fees, policies and COVID-19 protocols vary by organization.

“For 2020, C2Z will have a different feel. However, the mission is still the same — saving the lives of animals in Palm Beach County. All of the rescues involved are committed to making sure that those in our community still have the opportunity to participate in the largest pet adoption event in Palm Beach County… and in light of our current circumstances, we have the opportunity to create a fun, virtual event,” said Rich Anderson, executive director/CEO at the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

Participating rescue organizations include: the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, the Adopt A Cat Foundation, Ali Cat Rescue, Barky Pines Animal Rescue, Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida and Palm Beach Parrot Rescue. To learn more, visit or e-mail