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University of Redlands’ future mascot to host pet adoption fair

By in Press Enterprise on October 26, 2017

By Kristina Hernandez

University of Redlands and its mascot-in-training hope to lend a “paw” to animals in search of their forever homes.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, Adelaide — or Addie, as she’s affectionately called — and her handler, Mary Littlejohn, will host the inaugural “Addie’s Adoption Arf-Fair,” a collaboration between the university community and participating adoption agencies.

The idea for the event — which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. on the U of R quad — stemmed from the search effort to find a new U of R mascot following the news of Thurber’s retirement because of age and health complications.

“The students brought to our attention while searching for a new mascot about the plight of rescue animals,” explained Littlejohn, who is also U of R’s assistant director of alumni and community relations. “We had been looking for a rescue to become the new mascot, but because of the high needs they have, we weren’t able to see that happen. But we promised we definitely would make (the importance of adoptions) more notable and have an event.”

Six agencies have confirmed their attendance, including San Bernardino City Animal Shelter, Benevolent Animal Rescue Committee (BARC) and Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center in Riverside.

Katie Pickett, director of fund development for the Riverside adoption center, said events like the “Arf-Fair” help educate the community about the work of agencies such as hers.

“We decided to partner with them for a couple reasons a) the impact it is going to make on the center, and b) the impact it is going to make on our residents because our goal is to get more residents adopted. We also want to educate the community of who we are,” she said.

The event Saturday is part of U of R’s homecoming and parents’ weekend, and Littlejohn said she hopes a good crowd […]    

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