Visitors to PetSmart Saturday in Brownsville found the opportunity to meet potential “fur” friends at the weekly Brownsville Animal Defense (BAD) adoption event outside the store.
BAD is a non-profit organization that strives to educate the public about humane dog care while finding safe and loving homes for the dogs in their care to create a kill-free community in the valley. of the Rio Grande.
Each week on Saturdays from 1-6pm, the group sets up shop outside the PetSmart on Morrison Road with their dogs who are ready to find homes.
“We are so happy that PetSmart is allowing these agencies to come here and help save all these dogs that have unfortunately been abandoned by people,” said Adrian Diaz, PetSmart Merchandise Inventory Manager.
This event takes place ahead of National PetSmart Charities Adoption Week July 11-17, which helps place pets in need into loving homes each year.
This week, the group brought 12 dogs to the store out of the 45 that are or will soon be available for adoption. Among those dogs not at the event are three mother dogs with a combined total of 27 puppies that they expect to be available for adoption at future events. The puppies are around six weeks old, so they need to get a little older before they find homes.
For applicants interested in adopting a dog from BAD, there is a requirement in addition to a home check before the dog can go home with someone.
“There are times when if we think the app is above normal, we’ll let you take the pup home, but of course we’ll do the house check,” the BAD president said, Tony Lopez.
BAD primarily looks for signs that the owner is in a stable situation and can financially afford the routine medical care, food, and other expenses that come with dogs.
Adoption fees are $150 for adult dogs, while puppies are $165. All adoptees have been neutered or neutered, received their vaccinations and are microchipped.
“We’re looking at about 45 dogs who are all in need of homes, fosters or adoption, but with all of that we need donations,” Lopez said.
Lopez says the group is currently in need of monetary donations, but also needed items like pee pads, formulated puppy food from Hill’s Science Diet, Purina Pro and Purina One and PetAg 2nd Step Esbilac Powder Milk Supplement for Puppies.
Volunteers for upcoming events and help are needed and more importantly foster families for their dogs.
“We have great support from the community, but I just need more help,” Lopez said.
Harlingen resident Rachel Leal, 49, has been raising dogs with BAD since March this year. She has five dogs of her own but adopts a dog named Lilly.
Leal says it was daunting the first time she had to introduce her dogs to her foster family, but she’s worked out a system to bring them together one by one and her dogs now understand that these furry strangers don’t just pass.
“It’s a bit of an emotional investment and a bit of a financial one, but it’s very rewarding when you can place them in a good home,” she said.
For future events, adoptions, or more information, visit BAD’s Facebook page at “Brownsville Animal Defense – BAD” or www.brownsvilleanimaldefense.org.