If you're looking to adopt a shelter dog, there are plenty of people available to help you do so. Here's a sampling:
PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend is Sept. 10-12 at all PetSmart stores, which include locations on McHenry Avenue (574-0441) and Sisk Road (543-9176) in Modesto and on Spreckels Avenue in Manteca (823-5676). A manager at the Sisk Road store said it's working with the Escalon Animal Shelter on the event. For more information, call the store of your choice or go to Petsmart.com.
Petco is having National Adoption Weekends on Aug. 21-22 and Sept. 18-19. To learn more, call the Modesto store, 2021 Evergreen Ave., at 571-0488, or the Riverbank store, 2341 Claribel Road, at 863-1384, or visit Petco.com.
The SPCA of Stanislaus, 4733 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto, 575-2918. Open for animal adoptions by appointment on Tuesdays-Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. Adoption donation $150, which includes spay/neuter.
Stanislaus County Department of Animal Services, 2846 Finch Road, Modesto, 558-7387. Open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dog adoption $90, plus license; includes rabies, DHPP, microchip, spay/neuter.
Friends of Turlock Animal Shelter adopts dogs at Pet Extreme in the Monte Vista Crossings shopping center on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. All other adoptions are by appointment only; call 634-6714. Dog adoption is $55, which includes spay/neuter, first vaccination and flea and worm treatment.
Tuolumne County Humane Society, 10040 Victoria Way, Jamestown, 984-5489, www.petfinder.com/shelters/CA71.html. Altered dogs are adopted for $100. Dogs under 30 pounds are $140. Unaltered puppies are $100, plus state-required voucher for alteration for $40.
Calaveras County Animal Control, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, 754-6509, http://co.calaveras.ca.us/departments/sheriff/sheriff_animalcontrol.html. Animals may be viewed Tuesdays-Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Dog adoption $15, plus $15 microchip, plus $50 spay/neuter deposit fee.
Other rescue/adoption groups can be found through sites like Petfinder.com, PetHarbor.com and Adoptapet.com.