Rescue the Animals is joining with animal shelters throughout West Texas to sell rescued dogs and cats during the Salvation Adoption event at PetSmart April 12-14.
Salvation Adoption, which is the largest pet adoption event in West Texas, has been hosted in Abilene for the past four years.
JoAnn Bentley, who works with Rescue the Animals, said that last year Abilene was awarded the Humanitarian Award for its efforts in assisting adoptions.
“It’s very obvious that we have a heart for animals and that we will do anything to benefit the animals,” Bentley said.
Salvation Adoption is a three day event that brings animals from shelters in the surrounding counties that might otherwise be euthanized and adopts them out to willing owners, giving them a second chance at life.
“Everyone around here who is a rescue group is invited to come and adopt out their animals,” Bentley said.
She encourages people to come adopt pets to rescue them from being put-down in the overflowing animal shelters.
“At some point they have to be euthanized because they have to make room for more dogs,” Bentley said.
Luckily, each year the number of dogs and cats sold at Salvation Adoption increases.
“Last year we adopted out over 200 animals and that’s our goal again this year,” Bentley said.
According to Rescue the Animals’ press release, there will be discounted prices on shots and microchipping for pets during the event.
Bentley said the animals for sale will come in a wide range of breeds, colors, sizes and ages.
Jenny Dudensing, sophomore accounting major from Sagerton, said it breaks her heart to know animals in shelters might have to be put down.
“Especially for people who are alone, I think it helps them have a companion,” Dudensing said.Â “They’re just fun and they should be saved.”
Katy Escott, sophomore secondary education major from Arlington, said if she could own a pet in her dorm, she would definitely attend the event.
“I think that pets are really good de-stressors because you can cuddle with them and they are cute,” Escott said.
The event will take place at the PetSmart on 3517 Catclaw Drive.Â For more information, visit rescuetheanimals.org.