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Subaru Loves Pets adoption centers coming to 40 auto shows this season

Subaru is hosting pet adoption events at auto shows nationwide.

Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

The Barkleys, a family of golden retrievers, star in Subaru ads and at major U.S. auto shows the automaker hosts open pet adoptions as part of their Subaru Loves Pets campaign. Now, the effort is going nationwide.

During the remainder of 2019 and into 2020, the automaker will partner with local animal shelters in 40 cities hosting auto shows, with a focus on getting animals out of shelters and to their forever homes.

ASPCA adopt a dog Auto show attendees can adopt an animal at their local auto show.Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

"At Subaru, we look forward to opportunities that help our furry friends in need and we want to return the unconditional love they show us each day," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. "We saw great success with our pet adoption events last year, so we wanted to not only sustain, but build upon, that momentum to help even more pets unite with a loving lifetime companion."

While attending their local auto show, attendees with be able to interact with adoptable pets in the Subaru Loves Pets play area and will have the opportunity to adopt and take home a new family member.

ASPCA Subaru Dog Kissing Booth Auto show attendees can interact with adoptable dogs at the Subaru booth.Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

A Subaru pet tag engraving station will be located in each play area, allowing attendees who have pets to personalize a tag to take home for their pet by donating to their local shelter at the booth. All donations and proceeds to the exhibit will go directly animals at the participating shelter.

The list of auto shows where Subaru will host pet adoption events includes:

  • Miami Int'l Auto Show: November 1-10, 2019
  • Seattle Int'l Auto Show: November 14-17, 2019
  • Florida Int'l Auto Show (Tampa): November 15-17, 2019
  • Charlotte Int'l Auto Show: November 21-24, 2019
  • Los Angeles Int'l Auto Show: November 22-December 1, 2019
  • Arizona Int'l Auto Show (Phoenix): November 28-December 1, 2019
  • San Francisco Int'l Auto Show: November 28-December 2, 2019
  • Indianapolis Int'l Auto Show: December 26- January 1, 2020
  • San Diego Int'l Auto Show: January 1-5, 2020
  • Silicon Valley Int'l Auto Show (San Jose): January 9-12, 2020
  • South Carolina Int'l Auto Show (Greenville): January 10-12, 2020
  • New England Auto Show (Boston): January 16-20, 2020
  • Utah Int'l Auto Show (Salt Lake City): January 17-20, 2020
  • West Virginia Int'l Auto Show (Charleston): January 17-19, 2020
  • Greater St. Louis Int'l Auto Show: January 21-26, 2020
  • Houston Auto Show: January 22-26, 2020
  • Washington Auto Show: January 21-February 2, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Auto Show (Harrisburg): January 23-26, 2020
  • Northeast Int'l Auto Show (Providence): January 24-26, 2020
  • Cincinnati Auto Show: February 5-9, 2020
  • Motor Trend International Baltimore: February 6-9, 2020
  • Philadelphia Auto Show: February 8-17, 2020
  • Chicago Int'l Auto Show: February 8-17, 2020
  • Virginia Int'l Auto Show (Richmond): February 14-16, 2020
  • Jacksonville Auto Show: February 14-16, 2020
  • Pittsburgh Int'l Auto Show: February 14-17, 2020
  • Portland Auto Show: February 20- 23, 2020
  • Cleveland Int'l Auto Show: February 21-March 2, 2020
  • Greater Milwaukee Auto Show: February 22-March 1, 2020
  • Atlanta Auto Show: February 26-March 1, 2020
  • Kansas City Int'l Auto Show: March 4-8, 2020
  • Twin Cities Auto Show (Minneapolis): March 7-15, 2020
  • Columbus Int'l Auto Show: March19-22, 2020
  • Dallas Auto Show: March 18-22, 2020
  • Denver Int'l Auto Show: April 2-5, 2020
  • New Mexico Auto Show: April 3-5, 2020
  • New York Int'l Auto Show: April 10-19, 2020
  • North American International Auto Show (Detroit): June 8-21, 2020
This campaign is part of Subaru's larger Love Promise philanthropic platform, which sees the automaker partner with nonprofit education, health, community, environment, and animal organizations to create campaigns with actionable results.

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