Animal and pet events this weekend



If the Final Four isn't your thing — and your only problem with our Pet Issue was that it was too short — there are a couple of events this weekend you need to know about:

• The Louisiana SPCA is holding a Mega Match-a-Thon at its Algiers facility on Sunday, April 1. Eleven other animal welfare groups and breed rescues from various parishes are coming together for the event, which will offer music, food, a raffle and a ton of adoptable pets looking for homes. Learn more here.

• On the same day, the Spaymart organization is holding a "Paws Cause" fundraiser at the Shamrock in Mid-City, with games, food, a cash bar, a silent auction, pool and dart challenges and more. It's only $10, and funds go to the Spaymart Community Kitten Foster & Adoption Program. Spaymart says it found homes for more than 300 cats last year.

• And, as Alex Woodward wrote, the Villalobos Pitbull Rescue Center opens today on N. Claiborne Avenue. Read his January article on New Orleans' homeless pit bull problem.

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