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 was held as a virtual event and took place for a week, instead of one day.
Organized by the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, the event found homes for 331 animals during the one-week adoption event held Sept. 26 through Oct. 3.
“The 2020 C2Z had a different feel, but the mission was still the same — saving the lives of animals in Palm Beach County,” said Rich Anderson, executive director/CEO of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. “All of the rescues involved were committed to making sure that those in our community still had the opportunity to participate in the largest pet adoption event in Palm Beach County. In light of our current circumstances, we enjoyed the opportunity to create a fun, virtual event that resulted in 331 animals finding their forever homes.”
The C2Z “Virtual Adoption Village” web site allowed attendees to connect with participating partner groups and sponsors from wherever they were. The live video chat rooms enabled people to ask rescue groups participating in C2Z questions and could schedule an adoption appointment prior to making the drive to a shelter location.
Rescue organizations that participated included the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League; Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control; the Adopt A Cat Foundation; Ali Cat Rescue; Animal Rescue Force; Barky Pines Animal Rescue; Big Dog Ranch Rescue; Blessed Paws Animal Rescue; Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida; the Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic and Ranch; Save A Pet Florida; and Tri-County Animal Rescue.
Countdown 2 Zero is a public/private community collaboration bringing local animal welfare organizations together to end the euthanasia of adoptable animals in Palm Beach County. To learn more, visit www.countdown2zero.org.