Anyone who attended the event had to be impressed at how much effort was made to make this successful. Below is the press release about it. And here is a new Facebook page dedicated to this. https://www.facebook.com/HomewardBoundPets
First Annual “The Homeward Bound-Mega Pet Adoption Event”
A Resounding Success
San Bernardino. The First Annual Homeward Bound Mega Pet Adoption Event held
at Yucaipa Regional Park June 16th and 17th was a resounding success in which 163
homeless pets found new loving homes. This event was a collaboration between the
County of San Bernardino, Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley, Yucaipa Animal
Placement Society, Animals aRe First Fund, and County Regional Parks.
“This event assisted in meeting the health and social services needs of the County’s
population and supported the Countywide Vision Statement where all sectors work
collaboratively to reach shared goals,” said Brian Cronin, Division Chief Animal Care and
Control. “By building new and expanding existing partnerships among public agencies,
businesses, and non-profit and faith based organizations.”Fifteen animal organizations, including rescue groups and municipal shelters had more
than two hundred dogs and cats available for adoption. Low cost vaccinations and micro-
chipping was offered, as well as on site licensing.
In addition twenty two vendors from throughout Southern California offered their
animal related wears, including three dog training organizations that conducted on site
demonstrations. Freshly prepared food was offered at a nominal cost. Face painting, blow-
up rock walls and bounce houses were available for the kids.
Throughout the course of the weekend four hundred and eighty-nine vaccinations were
given, including one hundred and seventy-one rabies vaccinations, and eighty-two micro-
chips were implanted, and one hundred and one dog licenses were sold.
This event was a prelude to the Department of Public Health, Animal Care and Control
(ACC) Division’s participation in upcoming the American Society for the Prevention and
Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA) Rachel Ray $100K Challenge.
This Challenge is an annual contest that inspires animal shelters to innovate and stretch to
save more lives. Fifty competing shelters from across the country will work to save at least300 more animals—during the months of August, September, and October 2012—than
they did over the same three-month period in 2011. As a result of previous Challenges,
participating agencies increased the number of lives saved by 7,362 in 2010, and in 2011,
further increased that by 8,977.
By competing in this event, ACC will raise the level of awareness in the community of the
many available and adoptable animals locally, and has the potential to be granted up to
one hundred-thousand dollars. The monies granted will be used to assist the nonprofit
rescues who are partnered with ACC in their efforts to place more animals in forever
For more information about the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge, please call the San
Bernardino County Animal Care & Control Program toll free at 1-800-472-5609 or visit