Columbia No Kill, ASPCA help pets sniff out their new owners
By Mike DeFranco
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 02:15:00 GMT — Harold Reisch just adopted a new lap dog for his wife. "She's been looking forward to today. Everyday she says, 'when is it, when is it, when is it?',â?? said Reisch. His new dog is just one of many dogs that were taken home by a loving family at the ASPCA-sponsored Mega Match-a-Thon this weekend. Allen North is a volunteer for one of the several shelters there, Columbia Second Chance. "They're trying to bring together 16 different rescue groups, and it's under a national grant. The [Columbia] No Kill group is the one actually putting it on, and they're trying to get in the neighborhood of 100-150 dogs adopted, and...they had 90 cats" said North. Yes, cat lovers had more than enough furry friends to choose from, and every single animal at the Match-a-Thon was healthy and looking for a human that can take of them. Adrew Hurren was another volunteer at the event. "Some people drop them off if they can't take care of them anymore, or if they find some strays. they just try to find a place where they can live, and enjoy it there," he said. Columbia No Kill makes it clear, that whether the dogs are stray, abandoned, or neglected, they are still amazing animals, all in need of love and affection. "People think that rescues are mixed breed, which is true, but there are also purebreed dogs. so, sometime the rescue groups are overlooked,â?? said Tracy Green, the Vice President of Columbia No Kill. There's purebred shitzus, there's been cockers [spaniels], there's pointers [hounds]." While KRCG was there, Columbia No Kill said that the animals were being adopted at a rate well above their expectations.
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