Waco Humane Society
WACO, TEXAS (Waco Tribune Herald) - Hundreds of dogs from 15 animal rescue groups will come together next weekend in what Waco’s animal advocates are calling the area’s first-ever “super adopt-a-thon.”
While these advocates do not recommend buying a pet as a Christmas present for someone, they all acknowledge that the holidays are a time when they especially hate to see their cages full of homeless dogs and cats.
Sponsored by Iams pet food and hosted by Fuzzy Friends Rescue and the Waco Humane Society, “Home for the Holidays” super adopt-a-thon is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 in the fine arts building at the Heart O’ Texas Fair Complex.
“This is an opportunity for people to match their personality with that of a pet,” said Gwynn Slavik, marketing director of Happy Endings Dog Rescue, which will also be a part of the event. “Your chances of finding that perfect pet are much greater at an event like this than if you just visit one shelter.”
People who specialize in training pets and matching people with animals will be on-hand.
While some of the organizations adopt cats and dogs, only dogs will be present at the event. Some agencies, however, will bring pictures of available cats.
All of the dogs at the event have been given their necessary shots and have been spayed or neutered.
Depending on the agency, others have had behavior training and have been microchipped.
Prices vary by agency. Some dogs will be available to take home that day, and other agencies require adopters to go through an application process that could take up to a week.
There will be areas for people to become accustomed to the pets they’re interested in.
Agencies at the free event will include: Helping Hands Basset Rescue, American Brittany Rescue, Bosque Animal Rescue Kennels, Huts for Mutts, Love to Spare, Boston Terrier Rescue of North Texas, Barn Cat Buddies, Heart of Texas Feral Friends and Angel Paws.
Becki Goss-Shepherd, director of community outreach and development at Fuzzy Friends Rescue, said the holidays are an ideal time to bring a new pet into a family because people typically have more days off from work and school, so there is more time to bond.
Goss-Shepherd, who has five dogs, said it’s more difficult to see full cages during the holidays.
“As good as it is at Fuzzy Friends, it’s still very sad for these guys not to have their own home,” she said. “When I’m home with my dogs, I always tell them how lucky they are.”
Karen Froehlich, director of the Waco Humane Society, said she hopes the event will be held annually.
“We hope that if we keep holding these types of positive events, people will realize that adopting pets is the right thing to do,” Froehlich said.
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Waco Humane Society