BALLSTON SPA, NY (NEWS10) – The Saratoga County Animal Shelter hosted its “Missing Dog Adoption Day,” on Saturday, promoting rescues in an attempt to find forever homes for their 21 dogs.
“I’m thrilled,” said Mary Pecunia, who adopted a 12-year-old husky at the event after having an immediate connection, “Instant. I knew he was mine.
The adoption breathed new life into the elderly puppy: “I lost my dog, my Alaskan Malamute, a year ago. I decided I could give another hospice dog a good home, ”she explained.
The event was a major adoption push for the shelter as, like others across the country, they noticed an increase in the dog population as people continued to return to work. Give these pets, and others, a second chance.
“There is nothing that can replace a living family that is with them 24/7. We give a lot of care here at the shelter, but it’s not like having a family, ”said Penny Heritage, director of Saratoga County Animal Shelter.
“Dog Gone Adoption Day” also gave the shelter the opportunity to build on some of the successes they’ve had in bringing their dogs and cats to the public at Curtis Lumber’s PetAPalooza this past weekend.
“We also had a great event there. I adopted some of them at this event, cats too, ”Heritage explained.
To promote rescues, the shelter waived the typical adoption fee of $ 55, with new owners only having to pay for the rabies vaccine, checkup, and dog license.
With crowds of people coming throughout the day to take a look at some of the dogs, the event provided a lot of tail wagging fun.
“When you see a dog come home you know he might be sleeping on a couch tonight and being loved by his family. There is nothing like this feeling, ”Heritage said.
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