OAKLAND -- The East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will host its fifth annual Adopt-a-thon Saturday, with more than 350 animals available for adoption.

Forty local rescue groups and shelters will be in attendance and provide animals for participants to adopt from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Jack London Square. Animals will include kittens, dogs, reptiles, rabbits and guinea pigs, to name a few.

"This is really bringing a sense of community among the animal welfare groups in the community," said Krista Jordan, marketing manager for East Bay SPCA. "It also celebrates adoption of animals as the first option."

In the five years the SPCA has held the event, this is the largest amount of animals that have been available for adoption, Jordan said. The adoption process will differ depending on the group providing animals.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter is one of the many participants this weekend and shelter employees will bring kittens, cats and dogs to be adopted. The adoptions will cost $25 and potential owners will have some paperwork to fill out at the event.

"We're not generally in Oakland so it's great to be with a big group with others that are adopting animals," said Mim Carlson, executive director of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. "We would like to come home empty-handed and get all of the animals adopted."


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Aside from adoptions, the event, presented by Pet Food Express and Fresh Step Cat Litter, will also feature on-site dog microchipping for $10. There will also be a scavenger search for kids, dog training demos and more.

However, the main focus of the event is to find good homes for as many animals as possible.

"We hope to see at least half of the animals adopted," Jordan said. "All would be fantastic, but realistically we're hoping for half."