Get Your Licks on Route 66® Adoption tour

In just over a month, the 8th annual Get Your Licks on Route 66® month-long pet adoption tour will kick off in Riverside, California, at the Riverside Animal Services facility. On September 9, Susan Sims, tour founder, and publisher of FIDO Friendly Magazine, will be hitting the road with her husband on a whirlwind tour of shelters between Los Angeles, California, and Chicago, Illinois.

According to Sims, for the second year, Emmy Award winning TV host of the weekly CBS series, Lucky Dog, Brandon McMillan, an animal trainer and behaviorist, will be the tour spokesperson. The small entourage, which includes the couple’s two rescued hounds, will attend adoption events at shelters along the way and attendees will have the opportunity to win prizes at the giant spinning wheel. Sims elaborated on the purpose of the spinning wheel:

We bring our giant our spinning wheel where attendees donate money at each event to spin and win with proceeds going to the shelter at the end of the day.

Past tours of the Get Your Licks on Route 66® adoption tour have been a huge success. According to Sims, the first seven years has resulted in an impressive 5,000 pets being adopted into new homes. Sims commented on the tour’s popularity, “last year, had over three million media impressions through TV, radio and print.

Numerous sponsors are supporting the cross-country tour…the singular goal for everyone involved is to help end the epidemic of homeless pets in America, one pet at a time.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.