Wilma Wednesday & Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Apr 30, 2017

Depending on your web search, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is somewhere between this Saturday, April 29th and next Sunday, May 7th. So let’s just say every day this coming week is Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

With so many sweet, loving animals living in shelters (please spay and neuter your pets!), why buy at a pet store?

Even pet stores are catching on, offering pet adoptions in lieu of sales. In Pasadena, PetSmartCentinela Feed and My Pet Garden offer pet adoptions. If you know of more, let me know in the comments and I’ll add them here.

If you can’t adopt, believe me, I understand. If we adopted a cat, Wilma would…uh…well, she’d kill it, for lack of a better word. No matter how I put it, the cat would be dead. A dog would be just as difficult. Wilma’s come a long way, but this is her home and if we brought in another dog she’d challenge, fight, and win. I won’t lie, when you adopt you don’t always know your pet’s history. But while you learn to be patient, they can learn whatever you want to teach them.

There are other things you can do besides adopting. You can foster. You can volunteer at a shelter. Are you allergic? Fine. You can donate!

The photo above is of Wilma in her crate. She might look sad, but she likes it in there. She has her own room. We call it her office.

“No cats allowed!” says Wilma.


Wilma; photo by Petrea Burchard.




Hope, 8 weeks old, female, Chihuahua mix at the Pasadena Humane Society.


Here’s Why National Adopt a Shelter Dog Day Should Be Celebrated,” Huffington Post.

National Adopt a Shelter Dog Day

Saturday & Sunday, May 5-7: Pet Smart Charities National Adoption Weekend:
—3347 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena 91107. Ph: 1.626.351.8434. (Will have dogs, cats, and rabbits.)
—2568 W. Commonwealth Ave., Alhambra 91803. Ph: 1.626.284.3390.
—3530 Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead 91770. Ph: 1.626.537.2302. (Dogs & cats.)

Sunday, May 7, noon-5 p.m.: Meet cats and dogs from Cats & Canines  at Pet Food Express, 320 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena 91101 (across from Macy’s). Ph: 1.626.578.1111.


Mimi, available through Cat Posse.


Other animal adoption organizations:

Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Ph: 1.626.792.7151.

Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies, 3120 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91107. Ph: 1.626.795.9858. Works with The Cat Posse (

United Hope for Animals LA, Pasadena. Ph: 1.626.325.8442.

Mutts & Moms, Pasadena. Contact: Marina Baktis at


Chiripa, 4 years old, female, pit bull mix at the Pasadena Humane Society.





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Petrea Burchard is a Pasadena author and voice actor. She has contributed many articles and book reviews to Hometown Pasadena over the years. Find more of her doings, writings, and photography at her website,

Petrea’s novel, Camelot & Vine, and her book of essays, Act As If: Stumbling Through Hollywood with Headshot in Hand, are available locally at the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, the Pasadena Museum of History, and Hoopla! in Altadena. Her books are also available on




Wilma; photo by Petrea Burchard.





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