This year’s Pet-A-Palooza open house at Little Shelter saw close to 70 puppies, kittens, dogs and cats find homes. The two day adoption and fundraising event saw families waiting at the gate to be the first to adopt on both days, a Little Shelter spokesperson said.
Over half of the adoptions were puppies and dogs that had been rescued from Puerto Rico following last year’s hurricane.
Little Shelter staff members were literally moved to tears in the case of Scruffy, a senior Poodle mix who was reunited with a woman who had found him as a stray a few months back and cared for him.
Though she found his owner, he was later surrendered to a municipal shelter where Little Shelter stepped in to rescue him. The woman did not know Scruffy was at Little Shelter and was caught by surprise seeing the dog starring back at her from the kennels. “We didn’t know Scruffy’s story when we rescued him. We are so happy that they were able to find each other again and that Little Shelter could be the ones to reconnect them,” commented Little Shelter Director David Ceely.
While adoptions came to a close at 6 p.m. Sunday, the festivities were far from over as a Chinese Auction kicked off its live drawing at 7 p.m. Attendees stayed to see if they won any of the more than 300 prizes. By the end of the weekend the event raised thousands of dollars that will go directly to the animals’ care and to rescue efforts throughout the year.