Families scoop up abandoned U.S. dogs at adoption event in Langley
Organizers say strays in U.S. a big problem often solved with euthanasia
Dozens of dogs rescued from certain death in the U.S were happily adopted by people at a special event in Langley on Saturday.
The mass adoption was organized by Embrace a Discarded Animal Society at the Langley Petsmart, just one of almost a dozen held throughout the year, as demand for the animals is so high.
The president of the society, Leslie Fee, says there are many animals that have been abandoned in the U.S., which will most likely be euthanized.
"People move away and they just drop their dog off at the shelter, there's so many strays in California and Texas and different places," she said. "We just don't see that in Canada."
In the past several years, other groups have also hosted adoptions in B.C. for dogs rescued from the U.S.
- California rescue dogs arrive to cheering and love in B.C.
- 120 stray dogs from California to be adopted by Canadians
Saturday's event was the the biggest adoption rally the Langley Petsmart has ever hosted. There were 70 dogs but not everyone who showed up at the event was able to get one due to demand.
"They make, wonderful, wonderful pets," said Fee.
People like Paul and Colleen Siemens did adopt. They brought home a Chihuahua named Boots, who licked Paul's hand when he raised it to the cage where the animal was sitting.
"It [was] a good sign," said Colleen.
Paul Siemens says it's hard to resist the animals, considering their outlook in the U.S.
"I have this affinity for little tiny dogs like this, and this one is fitting the bill," he said.
All the pets have all been spayed or neutered and even had some basic training. Volunteers ensure that the animals find safe and stable homes.
With files from Jon Hernandez.