Homeless Pets Find Forever Homes this Valentine’s Day

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Picture  – Hayward resident Jimmy Sexton poses with his new pet Calypso.

HAYWARD – In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and the Hayward Animal Shelter hosted their fourth annual “All Fur Love” pet adoption event. Free pet adoptions were offered to qualified homes.  Through their combined efforts many shelter pets were able to find forever homes this past Saturday.

“This is one of my favorite events,” said Assemblymember Quirk, “The shelter does a tremendous job year-round in taking care of the animals and making sure they find a loving home. Many people came in looking for cats this year and unusually so,  there was a shortage of cats – which I believe speaks volumes to the tireless work the shelter volunteers are doing here to combat pet homelessness,” he added.  

“Our annual All Fur Love event is one that we look forward to all year long. We have enjoyed partnering with Assemblymember Quirk these past three years and his support has helped to make this event a yearly success. Many formerly homeless pets are now in loving homes thanks to his adoption sponsorship,” said Jennie Comstock, Animal Services Administrator for the Hayward Animal Shelter.

For one Hayward resident in particular this adoption event meant a little more to him, “I had to put my pet to sleep four months ago, so I have been looking around,” stated Jimmy Sexton, “Once I saw Calypso I knew she was just what I was looking for,” he said when asked about his new furry companion, a young female Pitbull mix.Picture  – Hayward resident Jimmy Sexton poses with his new pet Calypso.

“I would have considered this event a success even if only one pet got adopted,” concluded Assemblymember Quirk.

Assemblymember Quirk is a champion for animals everywhere. He has authored legislation that completely bans the use of animal gas chambers, looks at the role of pesticides on animal welfare, and most recently his pets and divorce bill, AB 2274, was signed by Governor Brown last year and went into effect last month. AB 2274 will require the consideration of an animal’s interests in divorce proceedings and allow for joint ownership of our furry family members.