JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 The Animal Adoption Center (AAC) has shifted its annual New Leash on Life summer celebration to a virtual platform due to COVID-19. Scheduled for July 16 at 6:30 p.m., this year\u2019s event will include a short film premiere, raffle, auctions, guest appearances from adoptable animals, and more. The event is FREE to view and can be accessed on their website HERE. \u201cSince this year\u2019s event will be from afar, we are excited to have friends and supporters join us both locally and from across the nation,\u201d said Executive Director, Carrie Boynton. Supporters are also invited to register to bid on auction items, purchase raffle tickets and raise their virtual paddles for the $25,000 Lulu\u2019s Fund Match. All funds raised through the event will directly support the AAC\u2019s rescue, adoption, education, and spay\/neuter programs, which positively impact the lives of thousands of animals each year. Since the onset of COVID-19, the AAC has expanded its reach and is working to help animals in overcrowded shelters and rescues in Utah, California, Texas, Arizona, and beyond. \u201cThanks to our supporters that make our life-saving mission possible, we have had the opportunity to work with shelters nationwide in addition to our longstanding regional partners,\u201d said Jenna Martin, Advancement Director. So far in 2020, the AAC has welcomed 262 cats and dogs into their rescue program. This has resulted in 212 adoptions thus far, which is double the historical average adoption rate. \u201cIt is thanks to our amazing community of adopters, volunteers, and donors that we able to reach animals in need. It is a gift beyond compare to be able to give sick, injured, and\/or overlooked animals bright futures in our special mountain town,\u201d said Boynton.