Farmers Insurance — Flanagan Mills Agency announced that the agency will sponsor a pet adoption day in partnership with the Make A Difference Rescue from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 22.
The outdoor event will be held at Farmers Insurance — Flanagan Mills Agency, 620 Titus Ave., Rochester.
The adoptable dogs at the event will be homeless rescues from Puerto Rico that have been brought to Western New York by MAD Rescue for veterinary and adoption placement services.
Founded in 2013, MAD Rescue of Western New York is a nonprofit group that is passionate about the recovery, rehabilitation and adoption of the street dogs of Puerto Rico. The group provides health testing and spay/neuter services and helps connect the dogs with loving families.
For Megan Flanagan Mills, the owner of Farmers Insurance — Flanagan Mills Agency, the event is all about helping the animals.
“Our hope is to find forever homes for as many of the dogs as we can,” said Mills. “We wanted to celebrate Bring Your Dog To Work Day in a way that would also benefit the community.”
For families that aren’t able to adopt, the event will also be an opportunity to play games, win prizes and learn more about MAD Rescue’s work in the community.
For Mills, giving back to the community isn’t a side project — it’s one of her main responsibilities as a business owner.
“There’s a misconception out there that only pet supply stores and rescues can host this kind of event, but there are a lot of ways for small business owners to get involved,” said Mills. “I’d be happy to talk with other business owners who might be interested in hosting an event like this. Adoption drives like this one make a huge difference for the animals and help give the rescue organization more visibility.”
Barkbox, an online dog treat subscription company, will be sponsoring the event by donating $25 to MAD Rescue for every new subscriber who uses the code MADRESCUEWNY. New subscribers who use the code will also receive 50 percent off their first box.
The event is also sponsored by Kurgo, a supplier of travel supplies and accessories for dogs, and Chewy, an online pet food and supply company. It is a certified Pet Sitters International 20th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day event.