March Madness Adoption Tournament

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As the top college basketball teams in the country face off in the 2018 NCAA March Madness Tournament, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is busy preparing a bracket of its own. Dogs, cats and other adoptable critters will vie for a spot in the Final Four during a fee-sponsored March Madness “Sweet 16” Adoption Tournament. The Tournament will tip off on March 22 and conclude when the last pet participant is adopted.

Sixteen dogs, cats and other critters will don the name of a participating school in the March Madness competition. As the pets get adopted, the remaining teams will progress in the tournament bracket until the last pet standing is crowned the winner. The winning pet’s new family will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Pasadena Humane Society good at the Shelter Shop or for training classes, as well as a special prize basket filled with goodies.

While dribbling across the Pasadena Humane Society court to visit the Neely Cat Center, Critter House and dog kennels, visitors can view the giant bracket complete with photos of adoptable pets, MVP (most valuable pet) displays, and the opportunity to snap and share selfies with #PHSMarchMadness at a photo booth for a free giveaway in our Shelter Shop.

The Pasadena Humane Society is asking members of the public to help sponsor adoptions for the event. The $150 sponsorship fee subsidizes the pet’s adoption fee, spay/neuter surgery, microchip and age-appropriate vaccines. Sponsorship opportunities can be found at

“Get ready to cheer on your favorite team and support the animals at the Pasadena Humane Society,” says Julie Bank, President/CEO. “Whether you choose to adopt a pet or sponsor one, you are helping to make a difference in the life of an animal in need.”

The Pasadena Humane Society will be open during normal adoption hours, Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and, Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular adoption procedure applies.

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is located at 361 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, California. To expedite the adoption process, download and print an adoption application in advance on our website. View all animals at the shelter at