Adopt a four-legged friend this weekend at Pasadena Humane’s Free Pet Adoption Day – Pasadena Weekendr

A few of Pasadena Humane’s adoptable pets

Pasadena Humane will open its doors to the community on Saturday, June 25 for Pet Adoption Day, where you can adopt free cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds and reptiles.

“Adoptors can visit the shelter and adopt without an appointment between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,” said Jamie Holeman, senior director of marketing and communications at Pasadena Humane. “Adoption counselors will help match new pet parents with pets, as well as provide support and answer pet care questions.”

During the event, adoption fees will be waived for all available animals.

Rosetta Garcia with her adopted dog, Louie

All dogs, cats and rabbits adopted at Pasadena Humane are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up to date on age-appropriate vaccines (dogs and cats only),” Holeman said.

After Pet Adoption Day, new pet owners can always come back to Pasadena Humane to continue supporting their pets.

“Our commitment to animals continues after they’ve been adopted,” Holeman said. “We offer a variety of post-adoption support services such as training classes, online behavioral resources, a low-cost vaccination clinic, and an on-site pet supply store.”

Residents who adopted from Pasadena Humane praise their service before and after adoption.

Among the satisfied pet owners is Rosetta Garcia, who adopted her dog, Louie, last month. Garcia said she was especially pleased with the kind of support Pasadena Humane provides after the adoption.

“We’ve never adopted from the Humane Society before; it’s the first time,” Garcia said. “We got rescues basically, but this time we went through the Humane Society and it was awesome. They had so much information that they provided support. They even told us we could call the shelter if we had any questions or concerns. I had no idea all of this was available when you adopted a dog.

Stephanie Roe came to Pasadena Humane in July of last year and adopted a hamster named Tofu. She is happy that her pet has a unique sleep schedule.

“They normally sleep during the day and usually come out in the early evening, which is when I get home from work,” Roe said. “So it’s been good for my lifestyle, I guess. When I’m at work, I don’t worry about missing it or anything like that. About when I get home from work, that’s when she wakes up. So no real changes to my routine or anything like that.

Before going to Pasadena Humane, Roe said she didn’t know hamsters were available for adoption there and thought they could only be purchased at a pet store. She was surprised that many hamsters were waiting to be adopted at Pasadena Humane.

Stephanie Roe adopts tofu

“So many of them are bought from the pet store and maybe people don’t know how to give him the proper care, or they bought him for a kid who gets upset because the hamster mainly sleeps during the day, and they get sent back to the shelter,” Roe said. “So I think it’s a really good idea for people to take a look at the county shelters and the Humane Society and consider adopting just because there are so many hamsters out there that need homes.”

Both Garcia and Roe said they were happy with the adoption process and post-adoption care, and would definitely recommend the shelter to anyone looking for pets to adopt.

“Everyone there is very knowledgeable about dogs,” Garcia said. “They know everything about the dog and they have a lot of different selections of dogs there – a lot of older dogs, small dogs, big dogs. And right next door they have a pet store where you can immediately pick up things for your new family member.

After Saturday’s Pet Adoption Day, another Pet Adoption Day is scheduled for Saturday July 16th.

In addition to Free Pet Adoption Day, Pasadena Humane’s Big Dog Summer this month lets you adopt a large dog, starting at 40 pounds, for $50 and by appointment only.

For more information on Saturday’s Free Pet Adoption Day, visit or call (626) 792-7151.

Pasadena Humane is located at 361 S. Raymond Ave.

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