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ACN Selected As Adoption Partner

ACN has just been selected as the Adoption Partner of the new PETsMART store opening the first week of February in the Super

Wal-Mart Plaza in Asheville! 

Beginning with the grand opening on Saturday, February 5, 2005 (also ACN's next adoption day), all ACN adoption events will be held at PETsMART. In addition to the monthly event on the first Saturday of every month, we will now be holding mini-adoption events throughout the rest of the month. Stay tuned for more info from your Adoption Day Coordinator for volunteers and Dog and Cat Coordinator for fosters. Then hang on, because I think we're about to enter the point of no return. If you've ever considered volunteering at an adoption event, this would be a good time for us to have all hands on deck! 

And that's not all... PETsMART is giving us 9 display cases in a new adoption center inside the store for our foster cats! Cats will be rotated in/out on a weekly basis, but they will reside in the store 24/7 for maximum exposure to potential adopters. All screenings and adoptions will still be handled by ACN staffers and held to our high standards, but our ability to showcase our beautiful cats daily instead of monthly is certain to multiply exponentially the number of cats we are able to place into good homes.

This opens up another great volunteer opportunity as well. We will be needing one volunteer every morning and another every evening, seven days a week, to make sure these cats are getting the love and socialization they need while in residence. The volunteers will also care for their other needs, such as feeding, watering, and scooping litter boxes. I have had so many of you tell me you only have one hour to give each week and you wish we had something to fit that bill. Now we do, and I can't imagine a happier way to spend the hour (okay, so 15 minutes of the hour will be in kitty litter, but I can't imagine a more enjoyable 45 minutes than to snuggle these cats who will be aching for your attention.) 

This facet of the partnership is so critical, we cannot miss even one volunteer shift, so please only sign up if you can commit for at least one hour a month. We will also need some emergency back ups and vacation reliefs. If you are interested, we will be training soon, so please call Mary at 258-4820 and leave a message on her volunteer line or respond to this email (it comes from Mary, so it'll reach her directly.) 

This is the next big step for ACN. The more animals we adopt out, the more we can accept into foster care, the fewer who go to the shelter, the more lives we save (and we don't just find them a place to live, we know how to find the best homes who really want them and will truly cherish these pets as a part of their family.) This is what we've been waiting for, so please sign up to volunteer today. Operators are standing by! 

Thank you all for your continued support as we grow. I always say there's nothing you all can't do and I find proof of that every single day. 



If you would like to volunteer with ACN please contact Mary Cervini at or call 258-4820 and leave a message.


The Animal Rescue Site

The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their goal of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals.

It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "feed an animal in need" for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. Set your home page to this site and click it every day.

Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.