Friday, June 12, 2015

Sleepover at the Shelter

Starting today at 11:00 am PST, the very first Sleepover atthe Shelter will begin at the County of Los Angeles Downey Animal Care Center in partnership with Shelter Me, Bark Avenue Foundation, ABC7 and the Los Angeles Animal Care Foundation.

Sleepover at the Shelter is an innovative event to raise awareness, increase adoptions of homeless pets and raise money to provide free spay-neuter to pets in underserved communities.  For 24 hours, volunteers will be staying in three separate kennels, which are fenced in play yards, at the Downey Animal Care Center.  They will be interacting with dogs and promoting the shelter via social media and webcams.

The goal of this event is to raise $30,000 towards 400 free spay-neuter surgeries, microchips and vaccinations for pets.  The public can pledge funds towards the number of hours a volunteer stays in the kennel just like they would pledge funds towards a Run or Walk event.

Special guest sleepover volunteers include actor Lou Wegner, Survivor contestant Rob Cesternino, Comedienne Aubrey Sweeney and Los Angeles weatherman from ABC7 News, Garth Kemp.

Sleepover at the Shelter will culminate with a fun adoption event at the Downey Animal Care Center tomorrow.  Dogs, cats and rabbits will be available for adoption.  Adopters will receive reduced adoption fees and special gifts from the event's corporate sponsors.

You can help make Sleepover at the Shelter a success by sponsoring a volunteer, sharing on social media and by viewing and sharing the webcam videos that will be posted at the following sites:

Sleepover at the Shelter Facebook or Twitter
Bark Avenue Foundation Facebook or Twitter
Shelter Me Facebook or Twitter


  1. We hope it is a HUGE success and lots of animals find forever families.

  2. Oh I hope this event will help to raise a lot of green papers to support our furfriends in need :o)
    easy rider

  3. we sure hope it is a big success and they raise the money they need

  4. Paws crossed this is a success!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. Oh wow, paws crossed here too! I will be sharing!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  6. I hope they raise lots and lots of money and lots of pets find forever homes.

  7. What a cool idea. Hope it is very successful and more shelters catch on
    Lily & Edward

  8. What a wonderful idea! I think this event will be very successful!

  9. Great idea, hope too it is a hugh success.

  10. One of our mom's long-time childhood friends did that last year at her shelter! It did help raise awareness and raised a TON of money! I hope it does for your shelter, too!

  11. OMD that is a GRAND thingy to do.... we hope that it is 870% Successful.

  12. AnonymousJune 12, 2015

    What a pawsome idea! Best wishes for a super successful event. :)

  13. This is very cool! This reminds me of something I think Felissa did a while back. I think she live-blogged while spending the night in the shelter? It would be an interesting experience.

  14. What a great cause thanks for sharing! Love Dolly

  15. Great event!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  16. Sounds like a great event. We hope they raise lots of green papers!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  17. What a great idea, we hope they are very successful!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  18. What a cool concept! Thanks for telling us about it, Oz. Much love, The Scottie Mom.

  19. This is a cute idea! I have done the opposite through a couple of adoption groups where I take the dog home for a sleepover for a night or two. I have never heard of a group doing something like this. Great, fun idea! And I know it will benefit a lot of dogs. Not only will it raise money and get more dogs spayed/neutered, but the dogs will love the additional company during the event!

  20. That is an interesting idea for a fundraiser. hope it was a success.


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