The Columbus-Phenix City Auburn Club has teamed up with PAWS Humane of Columbus to present “Two Paws, One Cause” — a special adoption event for military families.
Service members can get half off the adoption fee for all shelter pets at PAWS, with the Columbus/Phenix City Auburn Club pitching in the rest of the payment, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“At Auburn, obviously we put tiger paws on everything, and so we came up with Two Paws, One Cause,” said Jana Tarleton, president of the Columbus/Phenix City Auburn Club. “And what we want to do is we want to make a difference to the military families by helping them make a difference to a homeless shelter pet.”
Tarleton said she hopes this adoption initiative will drum up interest in the Milgen Road shelter as well as provide the opportunity for military families to ease the stresses of a deployment or celebrate the return of a loved one from overseas with the purchase of a new pet.
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Every PAWS animal has been spayed or neutered, tested for heartworms and blood diseases, dewormed, microchipped and is up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccines. Military identification must be presented for each adoption.
Adoption fees at PAWS range from $100 to $300, depending on the pet. The Columbus/Phenix City Auburn Club hopes to raise $1,500 before Saturday and pair at least five shelter pets with loving military families. Tarleton said the club plans to make “Two Paws, One Cause” an annual or biannual event.
Families can expect a carnival-like atmosphere at the shelter. During the event, volunteers will serve free hot dogs and drinks and a face painting station will be set up for children.
Auburn University mascot, Aubie, is expected to stop by for pictures and autographs from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., and PAWS employees will give tours of the 4900 Milgen Road facility throughout the day. In addition, PAWS will be open to the public for its regular business hours.
For more information on “Two PAWS, One Cause,” contact Tarleton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-888-0981.