Pasco News

Every dog has his day at pet adoption event

Pet matchmakers found homes for seven dogs during an adoption event in the parking lot of Volkswagen of New Port Richey in Holiday.

The Tail Wagon mobile pet adoption van ferried some dogs from the Pasco County Animal Services adoption center in Land O’ Lakes.

The shelter was overcrowded with 144 dogs a few weeks ago, so the county’s Tail Wagon brings pooches to the people throughout Pasco.

The Tail Wagon is next scheduled to stop from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Earth Day festivities at Crews Lake Wilderness Park.

Other pet welfare groups brought dogs to the event, including Hands & Paws for Pasco and Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida.

Kaul, vice president of Hands & Paws for Pasco, perched Hank on her shoulder so the 8-week-old puppy could charm the visitors.

Bob Groezinger, a volunteer for Labrador Retriever Rescue, bid farewell to 6-year-old Arthur, who will head to a new home.

The variety of dog breeds was astounding, with Labradors, Pekinese, Whippet, boxers, English bulldogs and pitbull all represented.

Each dog also had a story to “tell” through their rescuers. Miss Bee, a Pekinese about 5 or 6 years old, had been convalescing after a recent hernia operation performed by veterinarian Kerri Slomcenski of Hays Towne Veterinary Hospital.

The pet groups verify some background information just to make sure adopters can provide a good home for the animals.